Indiana Department of Natural Resources Prepares Hoosiers for the 2024 Solar Eclipse

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INDIANAPOLIS, March 11, 2024 – As the eagerly anticipated total solar eclipse approaches on April 8, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has released a comprehensive guide to help Hoosiers make the most of this rare celestial event.

The DNR’s Eclipse FAQs provide essential information on viewing times, safety tips, and recommended locations for an optimal eclipse experience. Here are some key points to keep in mind:

Viewing Safety:

  • Ensure safe viewing with ISO 12312-2 compliant eclipse glasses. DNR offers these glasses for sale at state parks and online, sourced from American Paper Optics, a reputable vendor listed by the American Astronomical Society Solar Eclipse Task Force.

Planning Your Day:

  • Consider viewing the eclipse from home if you reside in the totality zone to avoid traffic congestion.
  • Campsites are still available at various locations for those looking to stay overnight. Reservations can be made at camp.IN.gov.
  • Arrive early at DNR properties and be prepared for traffic. Entrance gates open at 7 a.m., and once full, gates will close to cars and pedestrians.
  • Carry cash for potential communication issues and to expedite transactions at entrance gates, food vendors, and souvenir stands.

On-Site Tips:

  • Bring lawn chairs, a picnic, and a filled gas tank.
  • Utilize free ID wristbands for children, available at or near entrance gates.
  • Be cautious of potential traffic jams; pack extra snacks, water, and first aid supplies.

On the Water:

  • Boaters should ensure everyone has Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) and adhere to boating regulations.

Communication and Safety:

  • Be prepared for slow or unreliable cellular service. Texting is recommended over calling when possible.
  • Follow guidance from DNR staff and volunteers wearing uniforms or yellow shirts.
  • Keep pets on a 6-foot leash if brought to the viewing areas.

Stay Informed:

  • Follow DNR on Facebook at @INDNRNews and @INTotalEclipse for updates before and on the day of the eclipse.

Environmental Responsibility:

  • Practice “Carry In, Carry Out” by disposing of trash responsibly.

As an additional resource, the DNR offers FAQs covering topics such as reservations, eclipse glasses availability, gate fees, and specific viewing locations. The agency encourages Hoosiers to explore its website and programs in advance.

The 2024 total solar eclipse is a rare event, with the next occurrence in Indiana not anticipated until 2099. The DNR urges everyone to be prepared for a once-in-a-lifetime experience and wishes all Hoosiers a safe and enjoyable eclipse viewing.

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