27. Eclipse Preparations

This may come as a surprise to some of us, but the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the American Red Cross are preparing for disasters associated with next Monday’s total solar eclipse.  The Red Cross has already issued Disaster Response, or DR, numbers for each state within the Path of Totality, and budgeted funds for those events. 
Red Cross shelters are on standby in case people are stuck in traffic jams on major eclipse routes, and some amateur radio organizations have also been placed in standby mode in case the cellular and landline networks fail due to temporary overloads along the Path of Totality.  A few responders have even been issued cell phones programmed for the Department of Homeland Security‘s Wireless Priority Service, or WPS, and Government Emergency Telephone Service, or GETS.  WPS phones and GETS cards give users priority access to cellular sites and landlines.
By the way, don’t toss out your eclipse glasses after August 21st.  Another total solar eclipse will impact the Miami Valley on April 8, 2024, with much of the valley in the Path of Totality!