Be Ready, Be Patient, Be Safe...Enjoy
- Total Solar Eclipse: Monday, August 21, 2017
- Anticipated Community Impact Days: Thurs., Aug 17 to Tues., Aug. 22
- Eclipse Begins: 9:05 a.m.
- Total Eclipse Occurs: 10:17 a.m.
- Total Darkness: 1 minute, 54 seconds
A Message from Your Tigard Emergency Services Coordinator
The total eclipse of the sun occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the earth and fully blocks the sun. On August 21, 2017, people across the United States will see the sun disappear behind the moon, turning daylight into twilight, causing the temperature drop rapidly and revealing massive streamers of light streaking through the sky around the silhouette of the moon.
The so-called Great American Total Solar Eclipse will darken skies all the way from Oregon to South Carolina, along a stretch of land about 70 miles wide. The anticipated crowd (over 1 million people in Oregon) who visit the "path of totality" for the big event are in for an unforgettable experience.
I encourage everyone to plan ahead, be patient and be safe.
Tips for Residents
- Increased traffic. Traffic will be heavy and lines for local services such as restaurants, gas stations, grocery and retail stores may be longer than usual; do what you can ahead of time before the anticipated impact days and allow for extra time to get where you need to go.
- 911. Know when it is appropriate to call 911 (true emergencies) and the have the non-emergency phone number (503-629-0111) programmed into your phone ahead of time. Response times may be longer due to the increase in calls.
- Cellular Service. With the increased number of visitors, local public safety officials anticipate cellular service may become overwhelmed (primarily Monday the 21st) or have limited access during the impact days.
- Individual/Family Emergency Plans. Consider the eclipse event a drill to check your emergency kits and emergency plans. If you do not have a kit or have not talked about your emergency plans, now is a great time to do so. Make sure family members and friends know your plans.
- Sign up for CodeRed. This emergency notification service allows Tigard emergency officials to notify residents and businesses by telephone, cell phone, text message, email and social media regarding time-sensitive general and emergency notifications.
- Stock up. Overall, supplies may be limited due to high demand. If there is something important you want, get it early. Be sure to consider vehicle fuel and ATM cash.
Tips for Visitors
Tigard’s population of approximately 50,401 may swell with 25,000-30,000 visitors traveling through our city on their way to the coast or south to Salem during the impact period. It is best to arrive early, come prepared, and have reasonable expectations, given the situation. Once the eclipse begins, you will forget all about the crowds and any small inconveniences it took for you to experience this wondrous event!
- Be prepared for crowds, lines and traffic. Be patient. Bring books, games, etc., to keep busy; Take the time in long lines to get to know Oregonians and other visitors via lively conversation. It’s a good time to learn about Oregon and other areas from which guests are visiting, and to make friends from around the state/country/world.
- Have snacks, water and first-aid supplies on hand in case of crowds/lines/traffic.
- Become aware of the beauty, splendor and hazards that are all part of Oregon. Know what to do and where to go in the event of severe heat, potential flooding, earthquakes and other natural disasters.
- Have an emergency kit and an emergency plan; make sure family members or friends back home know your schedule, when you are expected to return and your plan if something happens.
- What to bring with you:
- Eclipse Viewing Glasses
- Water (plenty of it)
- First Aid Kit
- Necessary medications for you and your pets
- Cash (ATMs may be limited during this time)
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Folding chair
- Jacket or sweatshirt (for the evening hours)
- Snacks/food for the hours, days you plan to be outdoors
- Prepaid phone card – if you need to call long distance and cellular service is not available
- Maps of area if you need directions (print your directions and bring them with you); your cellular service may be limited during heaviest impact times