Travis County announces ‘Declaration of Local Disaster’ ahead of 2024 total solar eclipse

The April 8 eclipse is expected to bring an increase in traffic to Central Texas.

TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas — This spring, a rare natural occurrence is happening in parts of the United States where the sky will turn dark in the middle of the daytime.

The 2024 total solar eclipse will be visible April 8 in parts of Central Texas and as a result, many counties are expecting to see an increase of traffic and travelers.

On March 8, Travis County issued an official Declaration of Local Disaster, per Judge Andy Brown. 

“This disaster declaration will allow our first responders and public safety officials to better manage traffic and crowds as we anticipate the population to potentially double in size, and we want to ensure everyone can enjoy the total solar eclipse in Travis County,” he said.

In compliance with the declaration, private property owners must inform the county and fill out a registration form for any eclipse events set to host 50 or more guests.

The registration form must include name, address, a form of contact and the number of event guests.

Additionally, the county has provided tips for residents in order to prepare for more visitors than usual.

Those living in Travis County should prepare for busy roads all day and they should run all errands the day before the event. If appointments are scheduled during eclipse day, they should be rescheduled if possible.

If they are able, it is recommended for residents to work remotely and to watch the eclipse from their homes or locations nearby. If you get lost or need emergency services, you can download the what3words app for assistance

For those who are driving during the eclipse, it’s important not to stop, as traffic or crashes could happen as a result. 

Travis County isn’t the only Central Texas region to declare a local disaster. In recent weeks, Bell County has done the same.

The total solar eclipse won’t happen again in the area for approximately 400 years and more counties could see similarly hectic roads around and leading up to the event.

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