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Chautauqua County is set to be a prime destination for stargazers and astronomy enthusiasts during this April’s Solar Eclipse. To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for both residents and visitors, the Chautauqua County Office of Emergency Services, and partners, have launched a comprehensive public awareness campaign.

On April 8, 2024, Chautauqua County will play host to the awe-inspiring 2024 Solar Eclipse, a rare celestial event that promises a breathtaking display in our skies. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes directly between the sun and the Earth, casting a shadow on our planet.

This celestial alignment results in a temporary dimming of the sunlight, transforming day into an ethereal twilight. During the peak of the eclipse, the moon perfectly covers the sun, revealing the sun’s outer atmosphere in a breathtaking display known as the solar corona.

In simple terms, it’s nature’s own captivating light show, a dance between celestial bodies that promises a truly awe-inspiring experience. The 2024 Solar Eclipse is a rare opportunity for residents and visitors of Chautauqua County to witness this cosmic ballet, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

As anticipation builds for this remarkable occurrence, the county expects a significant influx of tourists eager to witness the eclipse from our unique vantage points.

“The eclipse itself poses no danger; however, the anticipated influx of enthusiasts brings the potential for congestion,” explained Noel Guttman, Chautauqua County’s Director of Emergency Services. “Our proactive public awareness campaign focuses on safety, preparedness, and collaboration to ensure a seamless and enjoyable experience for all, turning this celestial event into a source of unity and wonder for Chautauqua County.”

Recognizing the potential impact of this celestial event on our community, the Chautauqua County Office of Emergency Services has proactively initiated a public awareness campaign. This campaign aims to educate residents and visitors about the eclipse, emphasizing safety measures, preparedness, and highlighting key aspects to enhance their eclipse experience.

Traffic and Arrival Precautions: We are advising visitors to “come early and stay late,” plan their trips to avoid traffic congestion. For locals, the best viewing spot is in your own back yard.

Eclipse Viewing Safety: We are encouraging the use of approved solar viewing glasses to protect your eyes. Chautauqua County Government has ordered solar viewing glasses and will soon announce where residents and visitors alike can pick up a pair, for free.

Community Engagement: Officials have been collaborating with local businesses and groups to educate them about eclipse safety. The Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau has organized a list of eclipse themed events countywide at:

The success of this public awareness campaign relies on the collaborative efforts of local businesses, residents, and visitors. Chautauqua County welcomes everyone to join us in embracing this celestial marvel while prioritizing safety and preparedness.

“I sincerely appreciate our Emergency Services team, and the many other stakeholders involved, for their exceptional planning and unwavering dedication in preparing Chautauqua County for the 2024 Solar Eclipse. Their commitment to safety and meticulous preparation reflects our community’s resilience,” said County Executive Paul M. Wendel Jr. “With a sense of pride in our thorough readiness, I look forward to extending a warm welcome to visitors. As we approach this celestial event, our collective efforts ensure a serious commitment to the well-being of all, making the 2024 Solar Eclipse a secure and memorable experience for everyone involved.”

Leading up to the 2024 Solar Eclipse in Chautauqua County, we will provide updates and educational materials online at The Chautauqua County Office of Emergency Services remains committed to ensuring a memorable and safe experience for all.

About Chautauqua County Office of Emergency Services: The Chautauqua County Office of Emergency Services is dedicated to safeguarding the community by providing comprehensive emergency management, response, recovery, and mitigation services. The office plays a crucial role in ensuring the well-being and safety of Chautauqua County residents and visitors during both routine and extraordinary events. For more information, visit