Preparedness and vigilance urged for travelers

Posted at 3:39 PM, Feb 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-01 17:58:25-05

As a winter storm is expected to make travel dangerous across the state, the Nebraska State Patrol is urging everyone be prepared.

"We encourage all motorists to stay up-to-date by monitoring the weather and road conditions closely and be prepared to change travel plans if need be," said Nebraska State Patrol Superintendent Col. Bradley Rice in a prepared statement Monday.


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Omaha Eppley Airport

A notice on Omaha Eppley Airfield's website advised air travelers to check the status of their flight with their airlines because this storm might impact schedules.

Some flights to and from Denver were canceled Monday.

The State Patrol urges drivers to make sure they have a winter weather survival kit in their vehicle:

Emergency first aid kit, mobile phone, charger and batteries, blankets, extra set of clothing, jumper cables, tow rope, tool kit, matches, candles, ice scraper, shovel, high energy or dehydrated food, bottled water, flashlight, both large and small can, red flag or bandana.

They offered the following reminders for drivers in extreme weather conditions:

  • Blowing and drifting snow can reduce visibility. Travel only when absolutely necessary. Always wear your seat belt and never drive faster than conditions allow.
  • If you must travel, use well-traveled routes and give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination.
  • Let others know when you are going, when you will arrive, and what route you are taking.
  • If you do become stranded while traveling, stay with your vehicle until help arrives. Wind chill and freezing temperatures can be life threatening.
  • If your vehicle does become stuck, run your motor sparingly and keep a window cracked to prevent the buildup of carbon monoxide.
  • Carry a red flag or bandana in your car and attach it to the outside to signal you are in trouble.

Drivers can call the Nebraska State Patrol Highway Helpline by dialing *55 from a cellphone or report emergencies by calling 911.