SCHEDULE OF EVENTS FOR 4-5-2024 THRU 4-8-2024
THE PATH OF TOTALITY IS WHERE YOU WILL SEE THE BEST VIEW OF THE SOLAR ECLIPSE.
               The path is about 125 miles wide.
               The closer to the middle of the path the longer it will be dark.
               Mount Vernon is just east of the center.
       The total darkness will start about 1:43 PM and last about 4 minutes.

Schedule for eclipse 4-5-2024 downtown on the square

WHAT YOU NEED:
Eclipes viewing glasses
Large amounts of drinking water
First Aid Kit
Necessary medications for you & your pets
Cash (ATMs may be limited during this time)
Sunscreen
Sunglasses
Hat/visor
Comfortable walking shoes
Folding chairs
Jacket/sweatshirt
snacks/food
Map or GPS map

HOW TO PREPARE

NEVER LOOK AT THE SUN DIRECTLY WITHOUT ISO-RATED EYE GEAR– EVER!
This will cause permanent damage to your eyes. Normal sunglasses WILL NOT protect you when looking at the sun. If you plan to view the eclipse, obtain ISO-RATED, ISO 12312-2 compliant glasses now for you and your family.

Experts stress that the only safe way to look directly at the sun, except at the brief phase of totality(in the patj of totality), is using a special solar filter, popularly known as eclipse glass. Eclipse glasses block more UV rays than everyday sunglasses, protecting your retinas from burning even when ou feel no discomfort looking at the sun through shades. This is the only safe way to vierw the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun.

Plan in advance where you will watch the solar eclipse; ideally from home to avoid crowds.

If you do view away from your home or business, do not park in unapproved areas such as private property or block entrances or exits to roadways.

Expect crowds, delays and traffic in the area from Thursday, April 5 through Wednesday, April 10.

Expect visitors from other countries speaking foreign languages.

Expect possible short-term shortages of supplies such as food, fuel and other necessities. Plan for extra supplies including medications before the event.

Have extra cash on hand in case technical issues with credit cards and ATM machines occur such as outages of cash due to an increase in visitors.

Limit your driving to avoid traffic delays, road closures and parking issues.

LOCAL RESIDENTS

Prepare for heavier than normal traffic on the roads, as well as at restaurants, gas stations, grocery and retail stores.

Avoid distracted driving. The urge to view the eclipse will be strong and should not be done while driving. Defensive driving due to the increase in motorists and posibility for distracted driving.

Schedule errands and appointments 4-5 days prior to the eclipse.

Consider fueling your gas tank a few days prior to the event to avoid long gas lines and possible shortages.

Consider your needs such as groceries etc. a few day prior to the event to avoid shortages.

Expect delayed responses for public services such as police, fire, EMT/ambulance due to an increased volume of calls and traffic.

Use 911 for emergencies only.

Go to the City website for information; and download the app for push notices and updates. cityofmountvernontexas.com

Expect possible WIFI/Internet/Cellular service outages; have a backup communication plan with family, friends, employees and co-workers.

OUT OF TOWN GUEST

Be considerate of personal property and residents homes.

Arrive at your destination well in advance of the event. Don't take photographs or attempt to watch the event while driving.

Ensure that vehicles/RVs have been serviced and that you are fueled up and ready to go.

Develope strong communication plan with family members. Cell service may be limited. Designate an time and area to meet reunite.

Valuable shouldn't be left in your vehicles. Determine how you will secure things i.e. cell phones, telescopes, binoculars, wallets, etc.

BUSINESS/INSUSTRY

Ensure needed supplies are available in advance of the eclipse event. Consider extending hours of operation to meet customer needs, and have a back-up plan if staff is delayed due to traffic.

Encourage employees to think ahead about traffic, resources (cash/gas), and childcare needs.

If your business uses cellular or wireless service for transactions, prepare for back-up plan.

Be prepared for more cash transactions just in case automated services are down.

Due to possible cellular service dispruptions, visitors may have urgent requests to use your landline business phone.

Evaluate your delivery schedule on the day of the eclipse. This may be significantly delayed due to the overwhelming number of vehicles on the road.

Have a plan to address visitors who park or camp in unauthorized locations.

Weather conditions may dictate visitor behavior. If conditions are cloudy, day-trippers may moce to a location with better viewing conditions.