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Emergency managers preparing for all possibilities during eclipse in Oregon

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With so many people headed for Oregon during the solar eclipse, emergency managers are preparing for any possible scenario.

From a wildfire in Central Oregon to a clogged Highway 101 on the coast; emergency managers in Salem are trying to get ahead and be prepared for any scenario.

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management in Salem is set to be busy on August 21.

Emergency managers are working with about a half dozen federal agencies, several tribes, and every level of state and local governments to make sure the days surrounding the eclipse are safe and fun for everyone in Oregon.

Emergency managers say they've been able to learn from the different agencies and how to work together more efficiently.

They say those skills and lessons will be beneficial if and when a natural disaster ever hits the state.

For those planning to watch the eclipse or who live in the path of totality, the people in Salem are stressing that everyone needs to be prepared.

"We want to make sure that people are prepared for hot weather, that they have enough water, that they have a first aid kit, that they are ready for those types of health emergencies," said Paula Fasano Negele with Oregon Office of Emergency Management.

Emergency managers say cell service may be hampered in the days around the eclipse with so many people trying to be on their phone. They say now is the time to get road maps, so people are not depending on their phone when it might not be useful.

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