Total eclipse travel safety tips from the Red Cross

Posted at 10:13 PM, Aug 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-18 07:31:38-04

The American Red Cross Naples Chapter is urging those planning to travel to see the eclipse to go prepared.

The chapter has compiled a list of tips recommending everyone , which include:

•Pack an emergency kit for the car including water, non-perishable food, a flashlight, battery-powered radio, first aid kit, medications, supplies for an infant if applicable, a multi-purpose tool, personal hygiene items including toilet paper, cell phone chargers, extra cash, blankets, maps of the area and emergency contact information.

•Be informed and learn how officials contact people in the area you are planning to visit in case of an emergency.

•Let family or friends know where you are going and the route you plan to take to get there.

•Arrive at where you plan to watch the eclipse at least a day ahead of time.

•Check the weather forecast ahead of time and throughout the day.

•Dress in layers to adjust for changes in weather conditions.

•Create an emergency plan. Determine a location to meet in case someone gets separated from your group, and where to go if severe weather occurs.

•Because cell service may be overwhelmed, print out your directions.

•Know where you’re staying at night. Hotel rooms along the eclipse route are mostly sold out, and rentals are extremely high in some cities. Plan to camp if necessary.

•Keep your gas tank full so you don’t run out while stuck in traffic.

•Download free Red Cross apps to help you be better prepared.


For more information on how you can get prepared for the total eclipse, visit