With most of Central and Eastern Wyoming bracing for autumnal winter storms, the National Weather Service is advising citizens to be prepared when it comes to severe cold and snow.

Mike Weiland meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Cheyenne says that, while travel isn't advised during major winter storms, if a person has to travel it's best to check your travel route with the Wyoming Department of Transportation. You can get travel reports at our website or by dialing 5-1-1 from any phone in-state.

Further, Weiland says that having certain items in your car as you travel is a good idea as well.

Emergency Winter Weather Vehicle Preparedness Kit Items:

  • Extra Water
  • Snack Food
  • Battery Powered Flashlight
  • Battery Powered Radio
  • Extra Batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Whistle to Signal for Help
  • Maps
  • Shovel
  • Road Salt or Sand
  • Extra Warm, Dry Clothing
  • Blanket
  • Tow Chain, Strap or Rope

Weiland also advises people to prepare at home as well.  Winter storms can close roads, stop the flow of supplies and disrupt emergency or medical services.  He says to check the caulking around your doors and windows as well as the state of your home's insulation.  Also, make sure your hot water heater and furnace are in good working order.

Emergency Winter Weather Home Preparedness Kit Items:

  • A gallon of water per person per day for drinking and sanitation
  • Three day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone-alert
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Alternate Power Source
  • Alternate Heat Source
  • Extra Warm, Dry Clothing