Arkansas emergency crews prepare as solar eclipse day approaches

  • Source: KFSM-TV CBS 5 Fort Smith
  • Published: 04/02/2024 12:00 AM

Excitement is growing as we are just days away from the total solar eclipse that is set to take place on Monday, April 8. State and county emergency management agencies have been planning for the big day since 2021. The total solar eclipse is expected to bring as many as 1.5 million tourists to Arkansas. Some of the best places to watch the eclipse are in Scott and Johnson counties. "We feel like we're ready to keep this county and community safe and for our guests to have a very good time," Dr. Rickey Casey, director of Emergency Management in Johnson County, said. To ensure safety, Casey said the county will be fully staffed with crews staged at different locations to make sure 911 calls are being answered and first responders can get where they need to go. Casey said they will have a mobile communication trailer for extra people to take 911 calls as well.


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