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Posted on: August 10, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Eclipse Tips

If visitor projections are true for Fremont county, there may be a shortage of basic goods and fuel during the days before and following the eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017.  To help everyone prepare we’ve scanned the internet and gathered the best tips to help insure our residents have a safe, fun and stress-free time during the Great American Eclipse.


  • Get your grocery shopping done about a week or more ahead of time. Not only will you beat the crowds, but this gives our stores time to restock.
  • Pick up your prescriptions and/or medical supplies early.  Make sure you have enough meds for at least 5 days before and 5 days after August 21st, including over-the-counter items like pain relievers, contact solution, vitamins, antacids, etc.  Don't forget your pet's medications also.
  • Purchase back up batteries for any critical home or medical devices.
  • Purchase or put together a first aid kit.  
  • Get doctor/dentist appointments out of the way.  You might even consider rescheduling any non-urgent doctor/dentist appointments if they fall between 8/16-8/26. 
  • Conserve water by not watering your lawn or using extra water during this weekend.
  • Conserve energy by unplugging appliances you are not using. Do laundry and use dishwashers during low peak hours.
  • Be prepared for slow internet – you might not be able to stream Netflix at peak times.
  • Cell phone service may not be reliable. Consider texting during high usage periods and expect message delays
  • Fill your vehicles ahead of time
  • Get cash (ATMs may run out or be hindered by slow internet)
  • Remember criminals don’t take events off. Be sure to lock doors and windows when away from home. Vehicles should also be properly secured
  • Traffic will be heavy and lines for food and in stores will be long, so exercise patience
  • Stay home if you can.  If you're out and about you'll most likely experience lots of people, long lines, and hot weather. Just expect that everything is going to take longer than normal. Throw a pack of cards, dice, a book, knitting, or Sudoko games into your bag to pass the time.
  • Please use approved solar viewing glasses.  Effective solar viewing glasses must meet a very specific worldwide standard known as ISO 12312-2. Ordinary sunglasses are not safe for looking directly at the sun. 
  • Always supervise children using solar glasses.  Do not use lenses that are scratched or damaged.
  • Do not look at the sun through a camera, telescope or binoculars, even while using your solar glasses. The concentrated solar rays will damage your eyes.

The Town of Shoshoni hopes everyone has a wonderful and safe experience as we witness an amazingly rare event.  We encourage Shoshoni residents & visitors alike to be ready; to be patient; to be safe; and most of all, to enjoy this unique celestial experience.

More information and resources are available at http://shoshoniwyoming.org/2196/2017-Solar-Eclipse

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