Staying Safe As Casper Braces For Winter Storm, Arctic Temps
With another round of winter weather headed our way, officials say preparation is key to staying safe.
UPDATE: The National Weather Service in Riverton, has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Natrona County, from 11pm on Thursday, December 15, through 2am on Saturday, December 17.
6-8 inches of snow is projected for the lower elevations, with 10-15 inches in the mountains.
Here are some safety tips from Natrona County Emergency Manager Lt. Stew Anderson:
- Make sure your vehicles are in good working condition, including heaters, windshield wipers, and batteries.
- Fill up your tank. Officials advise that you shouldn’t let your tank get below half full during the winter season.
- Make sure you have supplies including blankets, water, food, a shovel, and a bag of sand or generic cat litter to help with traction.
- If you get stuck or stranded, stay with your vehicle. It’s easier to locate a vehicle than a person, and it will serve as shelter until you’re rescued.
- If you must travel, tell someone where you’re going and the route you’ll be taking.
- Heed travel advisories. If the road is closed, that means it’s unsafe for everyone. If you become stranded, there may not be someone looking for you on a closed road.
Home and Power Outages
- Stock up on supplies. This includes food, medications, extra blankets, and battery operated lanterns and flashlights. Include a manual can opener for canned goods.
- Fuel: If you have an alternative heating source such as a fireplace or pellet stove, have extra fuel on hand.
- Stay in touch. Officials recommend keeping a battery or hand-crank operated radio, as well as extra charged batteries for your cell phone.
- Bundle up to heat it up. If you’re planning on using a BBQ grill for cooking during an outage, make sure you do it outside, not in the garage or your house.