2024 Total Eclipse Information

On Monday, April 8, 2024, Horseshoe Bay, the Texas Hill Country, and North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights - a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere - the corona - can be seen, will stretch from Mexico to Canada. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun’s disk.

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Llano County Eclipse Information Guide
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IMPORTANT NOTICE

Martin Park and the Pickle Ball Courts will be closed April 4-8 for the staging of emergency personnel and vehicles.

Tips for Residents


Eclipse Begins Monday, April 8, 2024, at 12:14 PM
Anticipated Community Impact Days: Thursday, April 4, 2024 – Tuesday, April 9, 2024
Traffic will be heavy, and lines for local services such as restaurants, gas stations, grocery, and retail stores may be longer than usual; do what you can before the anticipated impact days and allow for extra time to get where you need to go.

Things to consider doing in advance to make life a little easier during the heaviest
congestion periods:

  • Errands & Appointments: Schedule your errands and appointments before Thursday, April 4. Check ahead if you have plans for Monday, April 8; some services may be closed or have limited hours. By scheduling your errands early, you will beat the crowds and give our local stores and businesses time to restock before the eclipse visitors arrive; this includes grocery shopping, doctor, dentist, veterinary appointments, prescriptions, etc.
  • Supplies: Overall, supplies may be limited due to the high demand, which may mean the items you want are not available during the impact days. If there is something important you want, get it early.
  • Gas: If you normally fill up your gas tank Friday – Monday, do that task early, before Thursday, April 4.
  • Cash: If you regularly use cash or want some on hand, consider visiting your local bank or ATM before Thursday, April 4.
  • 911: Know when it is appropriate to call 911 (true emergencies) and have the non-emergency phone number for your local Dispatch Center programmed into your phone ahead of time.
  • Cellular Service: With the increased number of visitors, local public safety officials anticipate cellular service may become overwhelmed (primarily on Monday, April 8) or have limited access during the impact days. Consider these ideas to assist with communications during this time:
  • Develop a communication plan with family and friends if you lose or have limited service.
    If you only have a mobile phone at home, find out which of your neighbors have a landline number in case you need to call 911 for an emergency.
  • Public Water Systems: Consider postponing watering your lawn or using “extra” water during the anticipated impact days to take a little pressure off the public water systems.
  • Individual/Family Emergency Plans: Consider the eclipse event a drill to check your emergency kits and plans. If you do not have a kit or have not talked about your emergency plans, now is a great time to do so. The Llano County Office of Emergency Management website has information to help your planning efforts; make sure family members and friends know your plans.
  • Basic Emergency Kits: Go Bag – Cash, Water, Food/Snacks, Flashlight, First Aid Kit, Blanket, Gloves, Safety Vest, Change of Clothes

Tips for Visitors


Eclipse Begins Monday, April 8, 2024, at 12:14 PM
Anticipated Community Impact Days: Thursday, April 4, 2024 – Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Llano County’s population of approximately 21,243 is expected to swell to 35,000+ during the impact period. Given the situation, it is best to arrive early, come prepared, and have reasonable expectations. Once the eclipse begins, you will forget about the crowds and any small inconveniences it took to experience this event.

Llano County is beautiful, but keep local hazards in mind and always know your surroundings. Be aware of flash flooding, snakes, spiders, ants, cacti, and other natural hazards.

While Visiting During the Eclipse Impact Days:

  • Do not think, “We’ll just pick up what we need when we get there.” Supplies, cash, fuel, and restaurant meals may be limited or have long lines due to high demand.
  • Think about your personal safety and security:
    • Have a good communication plan with your family members. Cell service may be limited due to the increased volume. Have an out-of-area friend or family member you can check in with if you get separated. Pick a landmark where you can reunite if separated in a crowd.
    • Do not leave valuables in your vehicles. Think through your security plan and how to keep important items secure, i.e., cell phones, telescopes, binoculars, wallets, etc.
  • Make sure your vehicle/RV has been serviced and you are all fueled up and ready to go (gas, propane, etc…).
  • Help us keep our communities and public areas clean and safe; follow the rule “Pack it in, Pack it out!”

WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU:

  • Eclipse Viewing Glasses
  • Water (plenty of it)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Necessary medications for you and your pets
  • Cash (ATMs may be limited during this time)
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat/visor
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Folding chair
  • Jacket or sweatshirt (for the evening hours)
  • Snacks/food for the hours/days you plan to be
    with us
  • Prepaid phone card – if you need to call long
    distance and cellular service is not available
  • Maps of the area if you need directions (print your
    directions and bring them with you); your cellular
    service may be limited during heaviest impact

Tips for Businesses


Eclipse Begins Monday, Monday, April 8, 2024, at 12:14 PM
Anticipated Community Impact Days: Thursday, April 4, 2024 – Tuesday, April 9, 2024
Llano County expects up to a 25% increase in visitors over a normal summer holiday weekend. This could be a terrific business opportunity, but you must be prepared. Grocery stores, gas stations, hotels, restaurants, transportation services, coffee shops, retail stores, urgent care/walk-in clinics, and many other establishments will experience an increase in business.

What You Can Do to Prepare Your Business:
Back-up Plans: Prepare for an increase in customers; have needed supplies on hand and early; consider extending hours of operation to meet customer needs; and have back-up plans if staff is delayed due to traffic. 

Employee Preparedness:
Encourage employees to have a full tank of gas, have their resources ready at home, have daycare needs met, etc., on Thursday, April 4th. Gas stations may be very busy or may be waiting on resupply. Ensure your staff can get to work, so remind them to plan and share the “Tips for Residents” in this guide.

Cash/Financial Transactions:

  • Be prepared for more cash transactions; consider having extra tills to accommodate more cash transactions. You may have larger than normal deposits over the weekend. Communicate with your banking institutions to see if they will be open Monday April 8th.
  • How does your credit/debit card machine access the internet? If you use cell service/cell wireless service for your transactions, be prepared with a backup plan. We anticipate a high demand for cellular service during the impact period, especially Monday, the 8th. You may find you cannot make transactions; have a backup plan to meet your customer’s needs.

Communications: Anticipate possible cellular service disruptions due to the increased demand. Visitors may have urgent requests to use your landline business phone if cell service is limited; decide how you want to handle these requests and make sure employees know what to do. If it is a 911 emergency and you have
a landline…be ready to help!! Consider Texting 911, Llano County Dispatch does monitor the screen for texting the call center.

Regularly Scheduled Deliveries: Evaluate when you receive your regular deliveries; deliveries scheduled for Monday, April 8th, may be significantly delayed due to the overwhelming number of vehicles trying to enter and leave Llano County. Consider rescheduling for Tuesday or ordering extra the week before. Restaurants should consider a simplified menu for items easily available to sell to the public looking for a quick meal.

Restrooms: Be aware many visitors will be camping in authorized and potentially unauthorized locations; expect customers who may be primarily interested in using business restrooms. Public restrooms will be in short supply, and port-a-potties in limited locations may be at capacity until service providers can empty them.

Weather and Your Business: If conditions are foggy, visitors with hotel reservations will most likely not change their plans, but the “day trippers” may move further along the path; there is no way to predict this but monitoring the weather the week to 10 days before 04/08/24 could be particularly useful for your business.