Missouri Emergency Operations Center opening for the Eclipse
The state of Missouri is preparing for the historic total solar eclipse which will occur Monday Aug. 21.
The Missouri Dept. of Public Safety announced plans to activate the State Emergency Operations Center in the days leading up to the eclipse. According to the State Emergency Management Agency, the operations center will allow immediate state response and coordination to occur if the need arises.
Missouri is expecting upwards of one million out of state guests during the eclipse, and this may lead to significant delays on the roadways. MoDOT previously announced road construction projects will be suspended that weekend during the eclipse to help traffic flow. MoDOT has also encouraged travelers to use the Traveler's Map to see traffic conditions, and to prepare to find and use alternate routes.
SEMA has joined other agencies requesting those that want to view the eclipse to get there early. They are also recommending travelers to have an emergency kit in their car.
Missouri State Highway Patrol is asking drivers to remain at your viewing location until a period after the eclipse to avoid any congestion afterwards.