Safety

TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE SAFETY TIPS

  • Only view the eclipse with approved viewers, verified to be compliant with the ISO 12312-2 international safety standards for solar eclipse glasses/viewers.
  • Don’t wear eclipse glasses while driving.
  • Don’t look at the non-eclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars or other optical device.
  • Don’t look at the sun through a camera, telescope, binoculars or other optical device while wearing your eclipse glasses.
  • Do not use your cell phone unnecessarily, leave bandwidth for emergencies.
  • Get to your viewing spot early.
  • Do not view the eclipse or take photographs while driving.  Find a safe spot to pull over.
  • Be prepared for the weather! Bring a jacket, sunscreen and an umbrella. It is typically hot and dry in August but the temperatures may cool significantly during totality of the eclipse.
  • Bring water and snacks for you and your pet.
  • Don’t forget your medication and emergency contact information.
  • Fill your gas tank early.
  • Traffic will be heavy and lines for food and in stores will be long, so exercise patience.
  • Don’t congregate on or walk along railroad tracks.
  • Don’t forget, totality is around 2 minutes, plus or minus 30 seconds through the path of totality; but the light will be noticeably different in the hours leading up to totality and immediately after and cover the state.  Please be aware of changes in traffic patterns across Nebraska.
  • Once the eclipse is over, prepare for higher than normal traffic volumes.  Pay attention, be aware and wear your seatbelt. Don’t drink and drive.
  • Don’t stop on any roadway nor the side of the road to view the eclipse.  Please exit to a safe location or designated viewing area.
  • Be aware of pedestrians on smaller local roads, people may be crossing in areas where they normally don’t.
  • Avoid traveling along the main path of the eclipse during the event if at all possible.
  • Please make sure to yield to emergency response law enforcement vehicles as they respond to any emergencies or traffic problems.
  • Turn your lights on manually, don’t rely on the automatic feature of your vehicle to turn them on.
  • Be vigilant of local wildlife.
  • Keep up to date on traffic by following @nebraska511, using Nebraska511 app, or by using Waze.