Solar Eclipse 101: Everything you need to know before the big day
Coverage of the August 2017 solar eclipse and related events is brought to you by Shoshone Rose Casino and Hotel.
For months now, news streams, including ours, have been covering The Great American Solar Eclipse ad nauseam, and for good reason! It’s not everyday that the earth, moon and sun are in perfect alignment, and to stay completely in the U.S. nonetheless.
Monday, August 21, we will witness the solar eclipse. Before The Great American Solar Eclipse leaves its mark on Fremont County’s history, SageWest Health Care has provided some very important safety pointers for us to heed.
Protect your eyes- photogs, this means you too. No more procrastinating, if you haven’t picked up your special eclipse glasses yet, you need to asap. According to experts at NASA, special solar filters are required to protect your eyes from the harmful rays. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses are not strong enough to look directly at the sun. Doing so can cause permanent damage or blindness to your eyes.
And for those of you hoping to steal some images of the spectacular sight, a special solar filter (in addition to your protective eyewear) is needed to protect your camera and your eyes. Learn more safety tips from NASA here.
Plan for more people. For perspective, approximately 200 million people live within a day’s drive of the path of the total eclipse. That means we will likely see an influx of people. It also means you should plan for extra travel time and pack some extra patience. Meditate, wooh-saw, or stay inside like a hermit… whatever you need to do.
Pack some water. If you’re planning to attend an eclipse viewing party in town, watch from an area park or just witness it in your own backyard; whatever’s your speed, please stay hydrated! It’s the middle of August, in the middle of Wyoming, people. Need we say more?
Protect your skin. Whether it’s a partial, total or non-eclipse, protecting your skin against the harmful rays of the sun is a no-brainer. Make sure you use sunscreen and reapply regularly, or cover up with clothing if you plan to be outside for long periods.
Be a good neighbor. More people means more possibility for accidents. Newbies to our little community may not know their way around in case of emergency. Be a good neighbor and tell them where they can find SageWest Health Care’s first aid and triage tents.
- There will be first aid service tents available in Lander at the corner of Main and First by the red caboose and in the parking lot of Riverton’s city hall during the eclipse periods.
- As well as a triage tent outside both of our ER’s.
- Regular services will be available through both SageWest facilities, of course.
For more information about The Great American Solar Eclipse, click here.