Nebraska preparing for impact of winter storm

Posted at 3:56 AM, Feb 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-02 05:29:30-05

Widespread snow is forecast across the state on Tuesday and the State of Nebraska is preparing.

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts urged drivers to be cautious if they have to drive.

“Susanne and I urge Nebraskans to watch the weather closely, and to avoid any unnecessary travel in areas of the state experiencing extreme winter weather,” Ricketts said.

The Nebraska Emergency Mangagement Agency is also keeping an eye on the storm.

“We are keeping in close touch with National Weather Service, local emergency managers and representatives at other state agencies so that we are ready in case the state would need to offer assistance to local emergency managers,”  NEMA Assistant Director Bryan Tuma said

Officials say Nebraska Department of Roads crews have already started working on areas where snow is falling.

To check road conditions, dial 511 

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The Nebraska State Guard says they will staff the State Emergency Operations Center on Tuesday.

Travel tips from the Nebraska State Patrol

If you are do have to travel, the Nebraska State Patrol shared tips for staying safe, as well as what to include in an emergency kit.

The following are some basic items to keep in your car in case you become stranded in wintry weather:

·       Emergency first aid kit         

·       Ice scraper, shovel, small bag of sand

·       Mobile phone, charger, batteries    

·       High energy or dehydrated foods, bottled water

·       Blankets or sleeping bag, extra set of clothing and winter accessories    

·       Flashlight—include extra batteries (cold weather reduces battery strength)

·       Jumper cables, tow rope, tool kit    

·       Both large and small can

·       Matches and candles

·       Red flag or bandana.

Motorists in need of emergency roadside assistance can call the Nebraska State Patrol Highway Helpline when safe to do so by dialing *55 from any cell phone or 1-800-525-5555 from any landline, report emergencies to 911.