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September 7, 2023
Local Planning Underway to Foster Positive Experience
The Klamath area is known for its year-round sunshine. In fact, the region will be the center of attention October 14 for the sliver of sunlight seen around the moon during the eclipse. The annular eclipse is six weeks away, but planning and coordinating is happening to make the experience positive for local residents and the expected visitors. A 12-agency Multi-Agency Coordination Group, known as “MAC”, is working to ensure the health and safety of everyone in Klamath County during the eclipse period.
“The first and highest priority is and always will be the safety of first responders, the public and communities,” said Klamath County Commissioner Dave Henslee, liaison to the multiagency coordinating group organizing proactive response. “Ultimately, it is our commitment to work collaboratively, sharing critical information and resources, which enables all partners to meet common objectives.”
This planning process honors the ability for each individual agency to respond to its respective priorities, while providing the flexibility to move and position resources for efficient and effective service. For instance, law enforcement will have extra officers on duty as traffic increases before and after the eclipse.
“We are planning now to address issues that will arise. Crater Lake has been noted as a spectacular viewpoint for the eclipse by national publications,” said Henslee. “We are having conversations about traffic flow now to have resources in place as they are needed.”
Henslee noted that a lot of information has been gleaned from the Oregon counties that had many visitors during the Great Eclipse of 2017.
“In addition to the coordinating group, there are also seven subgroups working to address specific needs within the community, such as information,” said Henslee.
“Strong relationships and partnership are part of the Klamath experience,” said Henslee. “With everyone working together, the eclipse and its potential concerns will be addressed in a timely way.”
Multiagency Coordinating Group
Bureau of Land Management
Klamath County Board of County Commissioners
Klamath County Emergency Management
Klamath County Fire Chief
Klamath County Sheriff’s Office
The Klamath Tribes
National Parks Service
Oregon State Police
Oregon Department of Transportation
Sky Lakes Medical Center
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Forest Service
For more information go to: https://klamatheclipse2023.wordpress.com/ or contact Commissioner Dave Henslee (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Commissioner Kelley Minty (email@example.com), (541) 883-5100.