BEATRICE – Beatrice public safety officials say they are “over-preparing” for the upcoming full solar eclipse. Beatrice Fire and Rescue Chief Brian Daake and Police Chief Bruce Lang says that’s because there’s no way to know exactly how large the population will grow, with visitors.
The two department heads Monday night updated the mayor and city council on plans for the period of around August 19th through the 21st. Chief Daake is the Incident Commander…similar to what happens when the city puts into action the Local Emergency Operations Plan.
:15 “they used to”
Daake says the amount of calls for police or medical service are likely to increase, with the jump in population during eclipse events.
:41 “varying hours”
City officials have developed a map of areas that serve as camping and viewing sites. Police Chief Bruce Lang says public safety efforts have a two-fold objective…..providing assistance to people while being a good ambassador during the event.
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Lang says police will be able to manually control the traffic light at U.S. Highway 136 and Nebraska Highway 4 in west Beatrice. That intersection is expected to see a lot of traffic because of events going on at the Homestead National Monument of America. He says an officer is likely to be stationed at the intersection to help direct traffic.
Beatrice Mayor Stan Wirth says the planning process has been going on for several months.
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In addition to police, the Gage County Sheriff’s Office and area volunteer units will play a role in security and services during the eclipse period.