With extremely hot weather predicted for the next several days across much of the state, the Nebraska State Patrol is urging motorists to be prepared. Plan ahead for your trip by packing a travel survival kit.

“When it gets this hot, it doesn’t take long for the heat to affect people,” said Col. John Bolduc, superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “We want people to remember that if they become stranded on the road, they can call the NSP Highway Helpline to reach NSP dispatchers and request help from a trooper.”

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 reach more than 100 degrees in each of the next three days.

The patrol recommends that motorists keep a travel survival kit in their vehicle in case they become stranded. These items could include:

» Water — one gallon plus one bottle per person

» High-energy or dehydrated foods

» Phone chargers

» Sunscreen and protective clothing

» Tool kit

» Flashlight with extra batteries

» Tow rope

» First aid kit

Any motorist 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.

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