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The “Great American Eclipse” Has Emergency Services Scrambling

A  massive stellar event is set to take place later this month, and while many Americans are preparing for the spectacle, others are growing concerned.

If you were to take a cursory look around the internet in anticipation of the “Great American Eclipse”, you would find a very, very wide range of subjects being discussed.  There are opinions ranging from blog posts of advice over how to handle your pets’ anxiety during the event, all the way to YouTube video that somehow relate the brief period of darkness with the Biblical revelations and the Yellowstone Caldera’s impending eruption.

In other words:  There is a whole lot of something to be said about the event.

What we do know, however, is that Americans are profoundly interested in what will occur on August 21st, and will likely flock to the relatively narrow band of 100% totality throughout the days and hours leading up to the once in a century event.  This has emergency services across the nation preparing for some of the unanticipated effects of such a population concentration.

“The disaster prep work stems from the massive tourist attraction the solar eclipse has become. The eclipse’s path of totality, where the moon will almost completely block the sun, covers a 70-mile-wide lane that will cut across 12 states from Oregon to South Carolina. There are an estimated 12 million people in the eclipse’s path.

“According to greatamericaneclipse.com, another 1.8 to 7.4-million people will travel into the path on Aug. 21. Several small towns and less populated states are preparing to see their populations double or even triple in the week leading up to the solar event.

“Several counties in Idaho and Oregon have already issued emergency declarations. Local officials are citing increased public safety risks, financial damage, and excess costs of cleanup and property damage for the alerts.”

Furthermore, there is a serious concern about traffic issues in the path of the eclipse, specifically as it pertains to medical transport and emergency services such as police and fire departments personnel.

As always, it pays to be prepared in today’s modern world, but with such a massive influx of people banding together in a 70-mile swath of mostly rural America, this unique event will test even the most hardy of Boy Scouts.

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