Solar Eclipse Day Craziness Could Resemble the Zombie Apocalypse — Are You Ready?

Posted by on July 21, 2017 10:28 am
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One month from today, the total solar eclipse of Aug. 21 will make its way across the U.S. from Oregon to South Carolina. As the clock ticks down to the big day, the question is: Are you prepared?

4 responses to Solar Eclipse Day Craziness Could Resemble the Zombie Apocalypse — Are You Ready?

  1. Binadaoc July 23rd, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    Perhaps I’m mistaken, but I thought the theme of this post would be how crazy people are going to act as they move into position to watch the eclipse. I plan on traveling to a location where the total eclipse will be visible. I am taking my RV and hope to be able to find a place to park it. I called about motel reservations and was quoted prices upward of $400 for one night. The total eclipse is only visible in a narrow swath of land that crosses the nation. As many people are interested in viewing it, they will crowd into this narrow area. Everyone will want a prime viewing location, so good spots may well be in contention for occupancy. This will cause crowded conditions and possible out of control behavior. I must consider options to protect myself, my family member traveling with me, my RV, and my viewing equipment. So? Am I prepared? I am making alternative plans as to where to go to observe the eclipse, as well as plans to evacuate, (bug out, if you will) if conditions warrant. A solar phenomenon, no matter how rare, that will no doubt be filmed and rebroadcast on TV is not worth injury to my family or my possessions.
    And yes, to continue the thread, we will be using both solar filters and a camera obscura to view the eclipse.

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  2. Oren July 21st, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Yep. I have to check, but one report my wife saw stated that the safe way to view would be thru a welder’s shield. Have just so happen to have 2 with either #10 or #11 lens. Real dark. If I remember correctly, there was a movie in 1963 “The Day of the Triffids”. Everyone watched a meteor shower, went blind and became food for giant flowers called Triffids. No zombies, just giant flowers.

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    • OhioPrepper July 21st, 2017 at 2:00 pm

      First of all it will not be a total eclipse at all points in the US. Here in Ohio it will be only partial.
      For viewing, the best, easiest, and safest way is a Camera Obscure or pinhole camera. Lay a large sheet of white paper on the ground. Take a sheet of opaque cardboard like the back of a tablet and punch a small hole in the center of it. Place the cardboard between the sun and the paper, starting at about the height of 3 feet and move the cardboard up and down until you see an image focused on the paper. You can do this any day to look at the suns image without any potential eye damage to perfect your equipment and technique and be ready for that day.
      On May 10, 1994 there was a total solar eclipse that could be seen from here and my large sheet of paper and cardboard allowed many people taking a break from work to safely view the image out in our parking lot.

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    • James Keenan July 22nd, 2017 at 9:00 am

      I use an arc welders mask, but I like to show the whole family. So I just use the same method as OhioPrepper.

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