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Winter Weather Awareness
Prepare yourself for winter emergencies
October 8, 2009

The National Weather Service encourages the public to review their winter preparedness plans to get ready for winter weather in Wyoming.

"Now is the time to ask yourself what you would do in a real blizzard. If you are at work, would you be able to drive home? If not, are you prepared to spend the night where you are? If you are on the road, would you be able to make it to a safe shelter? If not, could you survive sub-freezing temperatures and ten foot snow drifts in your vehicle for two days or more?" (NWS October 7, Winter Awareness Weather Day in Wyoming)

Here are suggestions from the NWS:

- Pack a winter safety kit in your vehicle
- Winterize your automobile
- Remember to stay with your vehicle if you are stranded
- Have your home furnace inspected by a professional
- Arrange for a young relative or neighbor to shovel your driveway and sidewalks

A great way to get instant weather forecasts and watch, warning and advisory information is NOAA weather radio. These round-the-clock broadcasts can be found on the public service band between 162.400 and 162.550 mhz. Many commercial scanners can be programmed to receive these broadcasts, and several companies sell special radios for this purpose. Reception of the broadcasts is normally limited to within 40 miles of the transmitter. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) across our nation ensures winter weather or severe summer warning messages originating on NOAA weather radio are relayed via commercial broadcasters participating in the Emergency Alert System.

Recorded forecast information can also be obtained by telephone from National Weather Service offices throughout the country.

JACKSON
Forecast Information Phone: 1-800-211-1448
NOAA Weather Radio Frequency 162.525 MHZ

KEMMERER
Forecast Information Phone: 1-800-211-1448
NOAA Weather Radio Frequency 162.525 MHZ

PINEDALE
Forecast Information Phone: 1-800-211-1448
NOAA Weather Radio Frequency 162.500 MHZ

ROCK SPRINGS
Forecast Information Phone: 1-800-211-1448
NOAA Weather Radio Frequency 162.550 MHZ

SALT LAKE CITY
Forecast Information Phone: 1-801-524-5133
NOAA Weather Radio Frequency 162.550 MHZ

Wyoming road information is available by calling: 1-888-WYO-ROAD / 1-888-996-7623

Weather information is available online at: www.weather.gov

The Riverton National Weather Service can be reached at 1-800-211-1448, and online at www.weather.gov/riverton.


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