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Don’t Get Burned by the Eclipse: Tips to Plan Ahead to Ensure Your Business Runs Smoothly and Your Family is Safe

oswaldcompanies March 26, 2024
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Northeast Ohio is in the global spotlight due to its position in the Path of Totality for the total solar eclipse on April 8. As the sun becomes completely covered by the moon, it will likely be dark enough for streetlights to come on and to see some stars – in the middle of the day!

It will definitely be an exciting time, but it won’t be without difficulties. Below are steps to take to minimize the impact on your business and ensure the safety of your family during this once-in-a-lifetime event.

It has been more than 200 years since Ohio was in the path of a total solar eclipse, and with the state being within a day’s travel of 70% of the American population, the location is easy to access.

Among the biggest issues is traffic. Some estimate the local population could double in the days leading up to and following the eclipse. That leads to full hotels, crowded restaurants, a busy downtown and packed roadways.

For your business

Planning ahead could be the difference between your business being able to operate as usual and having big delays or closing altogether. Consider these potential roadblocks.

Inability for workers to get to and from work

  • Allow employees to work from home, when and where possible.
  • Close for the day if work and production schedules allow.
  • Alter start and stop times to allow workers to get to and from work during periods of lighter traffic.

Disruption to delivery schedules

  • Change delivery and/or production schedules to avoid peak congestion. Stock up on supplies you will need during the week leading up to the eclipse and the week after.

Difficulties for critical business processes

  • Review calendars to identify critical functions that need to be completed on the day before, day of, and day after the event.
  • Create multiple workarounds for critical functions to ensure completion.
  • Notify key vendors and customers of potential impact to operations and discuss options to avoid disruption.

For your life

There are multiple ways to protect your family during the eclipse, starting with properly shielding their eyes.

The Sun’s surface is so bright that if you stare at any portion of it, no matter how small, it produces enough light to damage individual retinal cells. If you want to see what the Sun looks like, use a properly equipped telescope or solar viewing glasses during a total or partial eclipse. The Cleveland Metroparks is among many selling approved viewing glasses. Check out the full protection guide at Space.com.

In addition to your eyes, protect yourself and your family when in a large crowd. No matter where you watch the eclipse, local authorities have likely created a crowd management plan to filter people in and out, provide parking, food and water, have a police presence, and provide adequate space to enjoy the event. However, problems can still arise.

  • If you are in a crowd that seems to be getting out of hand, leave.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. If something seems odd or out of place, report it to police immediately.
  • Wear comfortable, practical clothing and footwear.
  • Know where the exits are.
  • To prevent theft in crowds, wear your valuables in front of you, such as in a crossbody shoulder bag or a front pocket.

Following these practical tips to proactively protect your business and your family will help everyone have an enjoyable experience.

 

Fun Facts from NASA and the Ohio Emergency Management Agency.

  • The last total solar eclipse in Ohio was in 1806. The next will be in 2099.
  • On average, a total solar eclipse occurs somewhere in the world every 18 months.
  • Only 21 solar eclipses have crossed the lower 48 states since the United States was born.
  • When the sun is fully covered, nocturnal animals wake up. Animals typically up during the day may feel like they’re ready for bed.

Contact us below to help you plan ahead for this major event.

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