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2024 Solar Eclipse

Here at Croghan Colonial Bank, we're excited about the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse! The eclipse will occur between noon and 4 pm on April 8th, 2024. However, out-of-town guests are expected to begin arriving the Thursday and Friday before. As we prepare for this once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon, we encourage everyone to be prepared, stay safe, and have fun!


Business Tips Personal Tips

Adjusted Hours:

Our offices will have adjusted hours on Monday, April 8, 2024. 

Lobby Hours

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Drive-Thru Hours

8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Chat/Phone Hours

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Outgoing Wire Cut-Off

10:30 AM

Business Tips

Here are our top tips to keep your business safe during the eclipse:

Phones & Payment

  • Anticipate possible cellular connectivity issues.
  • If you have cellular phones, identify a neighbor with a landline.
  • Be ready for credit/debit card machines not to work, and have alternate payment methods ready.
  • Be prepared for more cash transactions. You may have to make larger-than-normal deposits over the weekend.
  • Locate your closest ATM, and have plenty of change available.
  • Regularly check your card machines for skimming devices.

Utilities

  • Turn off automatic lighting the morning of the 8th, and turn back on by 5 pm.
  • Restaurants may want to schedule additional trash pick-ups.
  • Expect more people needing to use your restrooms. If your restrooms are not public, you may want to post a notice on your door.
  • Businesses are encouraged to reschedule deliveries if needed so they arrive before Friday, April 8th, or after Tuesday, April 9th.

Emergencies

  • Police availability may be limited to critical emergencies (I.E., may not respond to parking complaints)
  • Make sure all staff know your local Police Department's non-emergency number.
  • First responders expect to be strategically placed throughout the county, but due to the increase in people, resources could be stretched.
  • Test generators in advance to ensure they're working correctly.

Staffing

  • Encourage employees to have a full tank of gas ready for extra travel.
  • Adjust schedules for anticipated peak travel times.
  • Consider what to do if employees are late due to traffic and unavailable parking.
  • With increased cash transactions, educate your staff on identifying fake bills.

 

Personal Tips

Here are our top tips to keep you & your families safe during the eclipse:

Preparation

  • Fill gas tanks a few days before the eclipse to avoid possible long lines and fuel shortages.
  • Test home generators in advance to ensure they're working correctly.
  • Schedule errands and appointments two to three days before the eclipse. 
  • Consider visiting your closest ATM a few days before the event. ATMs are likely to have longer lines during the eclipse.
  • If you only have cell phones, locate a neighbor with a landline in case you need to call 9-1-1.
  • Add your local Police Department's non-emergency phone number to your contacts.
  • Double-check your individual/family emergency response plan.
  • Develop a communication plan with family and friends in case of cellular connectivity issues.

Day of the Eclipse

  • Try to keep your phone charged as much as possible.
  • Expect cellular connectivity issues and slow wifi.
  • Watch the eclipse with special eclipse glasses.
  • Have fun! In our communities, the next total solar eclipse won't be for a long time!
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