LINCOLN – Over the next several days much of the state will be in an excessive heat warning as the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) both have tips for travelers.
According to a release, the NSP is urging motorists to be prepared and plan ahead for your trip by packing a travel survival kit.
The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for a large part of central and eastern Nebraska and Heat Advisories for additional counties throughout the state. Heat Index readings are expected to be to reach more than 100 degrees in each of the next three days.
Items to be included in the survival kit should be one gallon of water plus one bottle per person; high-energy or dehydrated foods; phone charges; sunscreen and protective clothing; a tool kit; flashlight with extra batteries; tow rope and a first aid kit.
Any motorists in need of assistance can reach the NSP Highway Helpline by dialing *55 from a cell phone or 1-800-525-5555 from any phone.
According to a release from the DHHS, the risk of heat-related illness and death is higher for infants and the elderly. People with chronic medical conditions, outdoor workers and people who exercise outside are also at increased risk.
The department recommends those who go outside to stay cool, keep hydrated, moderate outdoor activities, remember others and stay informed during hot weather.