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As the eclipse approaches, OEM addresses issues and rumors related to traffic, wildfires and smoke
Salem, OR—Salem OR -- As the eclipse quickly approaches, rumors related to fuel, and a shortage of eclipse-rated glasses, are prompting concerns. The State of Oregon Joint Information Center, working with partner centers and agencies around the state, will issue regular updates starting today.

WILDFIRES
+ The State Emergency Coordination Center (ECC) elevated from "enhanced watch" for the eclipse to activation at 1 p.m. on Friday in order to coordinate response to the growing number of wildfires in the state.

CONCERNS OF FUEL SHORTAGES
+ Long lines and temporary fuel shortages have been reported. The Oregon Department of Energy reports fuel trucks are making deliveries around the clock. Even if a station runs out of fuel, its a temporary situation.

+ Oregon's fuel supply is in great shape, with no problems. Fuel haulers reinforced that. Theyre making their deliveries and not reporting any problems.

+ Should you encounter a fuel shortage at an area gas station, we recommend you visit another fuel station or return at a later time to the station that was out of fuel.

+ Stay calm fuel on!

WILDFIRE SMOKE
+ Weather and smoke levels can vary dramatically during wildfires. This can vary hourly. Smoke may affect one part of a community but not another, making it difficult to provide specific health warnings.

+ We recommend residents and visitors visit http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com , a multiagency site for communicating smoke information to the public. This site has the best and latest information about smoke conditions in your area.

+ Some people, such as those with chronic heart or lung disease, children and the elderly may experience health effects from smoke. It is important to take precautions based on your individual health and the smoke levels around you. This may mean staying indoors when air quality is poor. It may also mean not exercising during these conditions.

TRAVEL DELAYS/TRAFFIC
+ Traffic into and around Oregon will increase over the next few days as more and more people arrive to view the eclipse.

+ The best advice is to get where you are going and then stay put. Arrive early, stay put and leave late is your best course of action.

+ Those wanting the best and most current information on traffic conditions around the state should visit the Oregon Department of Transportations Tripcheck web page at www.TripCheck.com.

+ ODOT also has a mobile site at http://TripCheck.com/mobile.

SHORTAGE OF ECLIPSE GLASSES
+ Some areas have reported the supply of eclipse viewing glasses is low or depleted. While genuine protective eyewear is the only safe way to directly view the eclipse, one alternative to glasses includes a homemade pinhole projector. Visit the OEM Facebook page for a link to instructions on How to Make a Pinhole Projector to View the Solar Eclipse. The OEM page is www.facebook.com/OMDOEM.

+ For additional information on safe viewing, visit the Oregon Academy of Ophthalmology at www.oregoneyephysicians.org , and the Casey Eye Institute www.ohsu.casey.com.

REMINDER
Oregon's 2-1-1 information line is the best source of information for questions regarding eclipse issues. Residents and visitors are encouraged to call 2-1-1 or visit www.211info.org for information.

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Cory Grogan
503-378-3930
Public.info@oem.state.or.us
Paula Negele
503-378-3930
Public.info@oem.state.or.us
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