Friday, June 30, 2017

Eclipse Travel Survey

COEIN needs your help! 

Are you or someone you know planning to watch the upcoming Eclipse in Central Oregon? Please take our 5 question survey or send your eclipse-watcher this link:

The survey is 100% completely anonymous. All the information gathered from the survey will be used to help emergency management planners with their response to the influx of people to the Central Oregon area for the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017. We hope to use the data we gather here to better serve area residents and visitors for this once in a lifetime event!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Lightning Safety

The Deschutes National Forest is a vital and active part of our COEIN network! Please read the following information from the Forest Service regarding lightning safety.

Lightning: What You Need to Know
  • NO PLACE outside is safe when thunderstorms are in the area!!
  • If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you.
  • When you hear thunder, immediately move to safe shelter: a substantial building with electricity or plumbing or an enclosed, metal-topped vehicle with windows up.
Stay in safe shelter at least 30 minutes after you hear the last sound of thunder.
If you are caught outside with no safe shelter anywhere nearby the following actions may reduce your risk:
  • Immediately get off elevated areas such as hills, mountain ridges or peaks
  • Never lie flat on the ground
  • Never shelter under an isolated tree
  • Never use a cliff or rocky overhang for shelter
  • Immediately get out and away from ponds, lakes and other bodies of water
  • Stay away from objects that conduct electricity (barbed wire fences, power lines, windmills, etc.)

Friday, June 23, 2017

Don't forget to get your rx meds filled ahead of . Talk with your pharmacist for more information.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

ODOT Eclipse Update: T Minus 2 Months

Text of press release from our partners at the Oregon Department of Transportation:

ODOT eclipse update: T minus 2 months

Don’t be a luna(r)-tic: Arrive early, stay put and leave late

Oregon will experience quite a show two months from today, when the moon’s shadow cast by a solar eclipse begins its 2,500-mile-per-hour journey across the United States.

But if the predicted one million visitors in Oregon’s path of totality for the Aug. 21 eclipse don’t properly prepare or aren’t paying attention, that show won’t be the celestial dance they came for. It’ll be a cosmic traffic jam on the roads below.

ODOT is expecting that many Oregon highways will be especially crowded in the days around the eclipse. We ask that, when you’re traveling, you keep your hands on the wheel, your mind on the task, and your eyes on the road—not on the sky.

Statistics show that many crashes are the result of distracted driving and traveling too fast for conditions. So we’re encouraging you to avoid unnecessary distractions during your travels—and especially when Oregon highways will be very crowded during the time of the eclipse. That means planning your travel well in advance; knowing where you’re going; and for long trips, knowing where you’re going to go when the need arises!

ODOT will have crews posted along critical travel routes to keep motorists mobile and safe, and will be providing travel updates via and 511 so you can be prepared with the most current travel information available. Properly supplied and informed, we all can avoid becoming “highway luna(r)-tics” during the eclipse.

You should:
  • Expect traffic changes. ODOT does not plan to close any state highways. But as traffic volumes increase, ODOT may restrict some left turns to and from highways in order to keep traffic moving. Cities and counties may choose to do the same thing on their streets and roads.
  • Help keep roads clear. Staying off the roads helps make sure emergency service vehicles can get through. Take care of errands well before Aug. 21. Limit your trips to help keep the roads clear. Ride your bicycle!
  • Travel with friends. Joining friends and family for the trip to totality will reduce the number of cars on the road. Find carpool information at
  • Caution friends, family and other visitors: Tell them to #DriveHealthy: Arrive early, stay put during the eclipse and leave late afterwards. If everyone jumps on the highways all at once right after the eclipse, no one will go very far very fast. Remember, all travelers have a shared responsibility to stay safe.
  • Be prepared. Plan ahead for your basic needs such as food, water, gas for the car and bathroom breaks in case you’re stuck in traffic. Plan to get to where you need to be before you need to go!
We’re all in this together. Be prepared. Help your neighbors and other travelers to be prepared. And please enjoy Oregon!

For updates, visit

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Tuesday, June 13, 2017


Currently, NASA is recommending four brands of eclipse viewing glasses: (

American Paper Optics (website unknown)
Rainbow Symphony (
Thousand Oaks Optical (
TSE 17 (

Watching a solar eclipse is a memorable experience, but looking directly at the sun can seriously damage your eyes. Staring at the sun for even a short time without wearing the right eye protection can damage your retina permanently. It can even cause blindness, called solar retinopathy.

There is only one safe way to look directly at the sun, whether during an eclipse or not: through special purpose solar filters. These solar filters are used in “eclipse glasses” or in hand­held solar viewers. They must meet a very specific worldwide standard known as ISO 12312­2.

Keep in mind that ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, or homemade filters are not safe for looking at the sun.

Steps to follow for safely watching a solar eclipse:

  • Carefully look at your solar filter or eclipse glasses before using them. If you see any scratches or damage, do not use them.
  • Always read and follow all directions that come with the solar filter or eclipse glasses.
  • Help children to be sure they use handheld solar viewers and eclipse glasses correctly.
  • Before looking up at the bright sun, stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer. After glancing at the sun, turn away and remove your filter—do not remove it while looking at the sun
  • The only time that you can look at the sun without a solar viewer is during a total eclipse.
  • When the moon completely covers the sun’s bright face and it suddenly gets dark, you can remove your solar filter to watch this unique experience. Then, as soon as the bright sun begins to reappear very slightly, immediately use your solar viewer again to watch the remaining partial phase of the eclipse.

Never look at the un-eclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars or other similar devices. This is important even if you are wearing eclipse glasses or holding a solar viewer at the same time. The intense solar rays coming through these devices will damage the solar filter and your eyes.

Talk with an expert astronomer if you want to use a special solar filter with a camera, a telescope, binoculars or any other optical device.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Madras Pioneer Eclipse Article

Welcome new COEIN blog readers from the Madras Pioneer! The Pioneer ran an excellent article yesterday regarding emergency services preparations in advance of the eclipse. Many thanks to Michael Fuchs with Jefferson County EMS for plugging this page as a great source for up-to-date information. You can read the Madras Pioneer article here

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Area Hospitals Doubling Rattlesnake Antivenom

Please click here for an informative article by Tara Bannow with the Bend Bulletin regarding rattle snake antivenom.

Central Oregon area hospitals are preparing for an influx of national and international visitors who may not be aware of rattlesnake dangers.

Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Eclipse News in the Sunriver Scene

Chief Art Hatch of Sunriver Fire and Rescue offered up some great tips in the June 2017 edition of the Sunriver Scene. Click here for the full publication.


Make sure you and your children are up-to-date on recommended vaccines before tourists from all over the country and the world start to arrive. Vaccines need time to work in your body so now is a great time to get them!

Monday, June 5, 2017

KPAM Radio Interview with Sgt. Garibay

Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Sergeant and COEIN partner Nathan Garibay was on KPAM radio this morning chatting about COEIN, fire evacuation and the upcoming eclipse. Listen in here.

Eclipse Advice from ODOT

Please visit this link for some great tips from the Oregon Department of Transportation regarding how the upcoming solar eclipse will affect travel statewide for residents and visitors.

ODOT Press Release

June 5, 2017                                                                                                For more information:
Peter Murphy, 541-325-2258
  ODOT Public Information Officer

ODOT Plans US97 Support For Eclipse

BEND – While the eclipse may be months away (August 21), ODOT highway managers are already planning how to keep traffic moving on US97.

Much of Central Oregon, about Madras through Prineville and Mitchell, will be in the path of totality during the eclipse.  Those communities will be magnets for eclipse visitors.  The population of the Tri-County area (Deschutes, Jefferson and Cook) is expected to double during the eclipse event and that means many more travelers are expected to be visiting the area…and driving on local highways. 

In anticipation of a much greater volume of traffic locally on US97 during the event period, ODOT is staffing up.  “It’s our intent to keep the highways open”, says Jim Scholtes, Assistant District Manager in the Bend area. He adds, “We’ll be having an all – hands effort with resources spread out across the highway system to handle any trouble that may arise” with the primary mission of keeping the HWYs flowing.

ODOT is advising motorists to be prepared for adverse driving conditions and to expect the unexpected as well as possible delays. Please plan ahead and give yourself plenty of time to get to your intended destination.

Friday, June 2, 2017

This Week's Tip: Water Safety

Waterways are full this year and moving fast! Most swimming holes and beaches are not watched by lifeguards. Take responsibility for your own safety and that of your family and use the buddy system.

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