Skip to main content

The celestial event of the year is nearly upon us! On April 8, 2024, Austin and Dripping Springs residents will have the incredible opportunity to witness a solar eclipse, an astronomical event where the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, temporarily obscuring the sun’s light. While both partial and total solar eclipses offer spectacular views, total solar eclipses, like the one we’re about to experience, are exceedingly rare. They occur somewhere on Earth approximately every 18 months but only return to the same location about once every 375 years, making this event a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many.

While the anticipation builds for this awe-inspiring spectacle, it’s crucial to prioritize safety to fully enjoy the eclipse.

The Ally Medical staff, adorned with eclipse glasses, stand together outside the ER building, embodying a sense of unity and excitement.

Dripping Springs staff proudly showing off their brand-new eclipse glasses!

Here are some essential tips to prepare for and safely view the eclipse, along with how you can secure your free Eclipse glasses and ready kits from Ally Medical ER!

Understand the Eclipse Timeline

First things first, get familiar with the eclipse timeline in our area. The partial phase of the eclipse will start around mid-morning, leading up to the total eclipse in the early afternoon. Knowing the schedule will help you plan your day and ensure you don’t miss the peak moment.

Never Look Directly at the Sun

Looking directly at the sun, even during an eclipse, can cause serious eye damage. The only safe way to view the unobscured or partially obscured sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or hand-held solar viewers.

Choose a Safe Location

Find a safe, comfortable spot to view the eclipse. Public parks, open fields, or even your backyard can be great locations. If you’re planning to join a public viewing event, check ahead for any registration requirements or capacity limits.

Subscribe to our newsletter

Subscribe to our newsletter

* indicates required

Protect Your Eyes with Eclipse Glasses

Eclipse glasses are a must-have for viewing the eclipse. Regular sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun. Make sure your eclipse glasses meet the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard.

Prepare a Viewing Kit

Besides your eclipse glasses, pack a viewing kit with essentials like water, snacks, a first aid kit, and a portable chair or blanket. If you’re planning to photograph the eclipse, ensure you have the right filters for your camera or telescope.

Educate Your Family and Friends

Share safety tips with your family and friends to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable eclipse experience. Discuss the importance of never removing eclipse glasses while looking at the sun.

Get Your Free Eclipse Glasses and Ready Kits!

As our community prepares to witness the breathtaking solar eclipse, we at Ally Medical ER are committed to ensuring everyone enjoys this spectacular event with the utmost safety. With our doors open 24/7 and 7 convenient locations, there’s always an Ally Medical ER nearby to support you.

In the spirit of safety and celebration, Ally Medical ER is delighted to offer FREE Eclipse Glasses and Ready Kits at our Austin locations. These resources are designed to ensure that you and your loved ones can experience the eclipse safely and memorably.

Please note, our offer is exclusive to our locations in the Austin area and surrounding communities, as our Houston locations will not be participating due to their position outside the totality path of the eclipse.

Our Austin locations are fully stocked and eager to support our community. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to prepare for an unforgettable eclipse viewing experience. Stop by any of our Austin locations to pick up your complimentary glasses and ready kit and ensure you’re fully prepared for the event.

As we anticipate this extraordinary event, let’s come together as a community to make the most of it, safely and joyfully. See you under the eclipse!