Solar Eclipse 2017 – Red Cross Offers Safety Tips
The first solar eclipse in 99 years is occurring on August 21, and millions of people are expected to make travel plans to see it. The American Red Cross is prepared to help them if needed.
More than 7 million people are expected to travel to an area stretching from Oregon to South Carolina to see the eclipse. This influx of millions of people into the 70-mile wide eclipse viewing area is expected to cause major traffic problems for days before, during, and after the eclipse, as well as creating lodging shortages. The Red Cross is coordinating with local emergency agencies along the viewing path to ensure we are collectively prepared for any contingency.
If You Are Traveling to the Area:
Keep Heat Safety Tips Close By in Case of Severe Hot Weather:
Download Free Red Cross Apps to Help You be Better Prepared
The Red Cross Emergency App can help keep you and your loved ones safe with instant access to large-scale event tips, weather alerts as well as the location of any open Red Cross shelters. The Red Cross First Aid App puts instant access to information on handling the most common first aid scenarios at your fingertips including heat emergencies.
Download these apps by searching for American Red Cross in your app store or at redcross.org/apps.
If you are planning to view the eclipse, remember, looking directly at the sun is unsafe. For steps to take to observe a solar eclipse safely, please refer to information from NASA at https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety.
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About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.