Back -up Plans: Have back up plans if staff is delayed due to traffic.
Employee Preparedness: Encourage employees to have a full tank of gas; have their own resources ready at home; adjust schedules for anticipated peak traffic times.
Communications: Anticipate possible cellular connectivity issues due to the increased demand.
Regular Scheduled Deliveries: Evaluate when you receive your regular deliveries. We highly encourage businesses to consider rescheduling deliveries before Friday, April 5th or Tuesday, April 9th.
Cash/Financial Transactions: Be prepared for more cash transactions. You may have larger than normal deposits over the weekend.
How does your credit/debit machines access the internet? If you use cell service/ wireless service for transactions, be prepared for backup.
Restrooms: Be aware many visitors will be camping in authorized and potentially unauthorized locations; expect customers who may be primarily interested in using business restrooms.
Weather: Even during cloud cover or rain, the Total Solar Eclipse will result in complete darkness and a unique experience. Visitors may move to more optimal viewing; there is no way to predict this but monitoring the weather the week prior to April 8th could be very useful for your business to determine how to best prepare for potential visitors.
Extra trash pickups: Restaurants and bars may want to consider scheduling.
Outside Lights: If your building or property has outside lights that automatically turn on when it gets dark, you may want to turn them off on the morning of Monday, April 8th, so that they don’t come on during the total phase of the eclipse and impair the viewing experience for your customers and/or our guests.
Schedule errands and appointments 2-3 days prior to the eclipse. This includes grocery shopping, dentist/doctor appointments, picking up prescriptions, and banking necessities.
Check your individual/family emergency response plans Develop a communication plan with family and friends just in case you lose or have limited cellular service.
If you only have cellular phones, find out which of your neighbors have a land line number in case you need to call 911 for an emergency.
With increased number of visitors, local public safety officials anticipate cellular service may become overwhelmed and limited access may be available. Know when it is appropriate to call 911 (true emergencies) and have the non-emergency, 419-663-6780, programmed into your phone ahead of time.
Consider filling up your gas tank a few days prior to the event to avoid possible long lines or fuel shortages.