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In a few months, North America is set to witness a solar eclipse. This upcoming total eclipse is the final one for North America until March 30, 2033, and then it will only be visible in the state of Alaska. The next total solar eclipse visible from the contiguous United States will occur on August 23, 2044.
Anticipation is high for this solar event, projected to be the largest mass travel event in the United States. For many North Americans, this presents a rare opportunity to witness a solar eclipse easily in their lifetimes.
Ellettsville and Monroe County will be in the path of totality for the April 8th eclipse, drawing significant attention our way. Consequently, we anticipate thousands of visitors in our community around April 8th. While this is both exciting and a bit overwhelming, we acknowledge the impact this event will have on our community. Planning and communication are key to ensuring a smooth experience for businesses and residents.
Our focus is on keeping our Chamber members well-informed, aware of preparations, and providing guidance on how to prepare themselves and their businesses for this historic event. We invited community experts to participate in a Solar Eclipse Preparedness Panel on January 19, 2024. Captured below are their recommendations and links for additional information.
Our panelists included:
Chris Clouse, Deputy Fire Chief, Ellettsville Fire Department
Mike Cornman, Emergency Management Coordinator for IU Health, South Central Region
Michael Farmer, Ellettsville Town Manager
Mike McAfee, Visit Bloomington
Zach Michael, Lieutenant, Ellettsville Police Department
Jamie Neibel, Director, Monroe County Emergency Management
Key things for Businesses to focus on in order to prepare for the 2024 Solar Eclipse
Watch the CATS broadcast of the Ellettsville Chamber Solar Eclipse Preparedness panel
If you have an eclipse plan you can submit it to SolarEclipse2024@Ellettsville.in.us for review and advice from the experts at Ellettsville Police Department and Ellettsville Fire Department.