Wednesday, May 17, 2017

What the Eclipse Means for You

There has been quite a bit of speculation regarding how many visitors Central Oregon should be expecting in the few days leading up to, including, and after the Eclipse on August 21, 2017.

We have been tracking event participants, festivals and hotel occupancy for several months, and we believe the population of the Central Oregon area will double in size. We currently have 220,000 residents in the tri-county area, and we are expecting approximately 200,000 more visitors, possibly more.

What does this mean for local residents? It means the time is fast approaching to start preparing for possible shortages in everyday commodities.

We recommend the following steps in the few weeks prior to August 21, 2017:
  • Go grocery shopping early and be prepared with at least a week's worth of food
  • Fill up the fuel tanks of all your vehicles
  • Refill your prescriptions ahead of time
  • Avoid scheduling doctor or dentist appointments during the peak days expected for visitors (August 16-23)
  • Stock up on pet food and supplies
  • Be prepared for extremely long commute times, especially if you live and work in two different cities, as Highways 97, 20, 26, and other major arterial roadways will be operating above capacity
  • Conserve water by not using "extra" water, or watering your lawn during this time
  • Conserve electricity by unplugging electronics when not in use
  • Get cash to have on hand in case ATMs experience down times
  • Overall, exercise patience as traffic will be heavy and wait lines will be long for many basic necessities
Check out the drop down menu above. Under "Solar Eclipse Info" you'll find lots of other helpful tips regarding public health, safety, and general preparedness. Have questions? Leave them in the comments, or tweet us @COEmergencyInfo. 


  1. And enjoy having the best seats in America for watching the total solar eclipse

  2. Go East! Eastern Oregon, that is. The John Day - Prairie City area may not have as much congestion. Pine Creek Eclipse Camping 2017 on fb offers RV and tent camping halfway between the two towns, an easy bike ride to either. Both towns are offering entertainment and events during the Eclipse week.

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  3. Maupin will be doing a 1/2 marathon and BBQ as well.

  4. I have a new MEADE $600 Telescope with a Nikon D200 attached to it for the viewing for $750


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