The National Weather Service and emergency management agencies around Wyoming are urging residents to use Winter Weather Awareness Day today to prepare homes and vehicles for winter. Warning Coordination Meteorologist Chris Jones says businesses and schools should also review winter preparedness, safety, and communication plans to be ready for the hazards associated with winter weather. He says having a 72-hour emergency kit at your home or a winter safety kit in your vehicle including food, water, blankets and a change of clothes. Says Jones: “Those things are really essential when we think about traveling across Wyoming.” Jones adds that during this changeable season, many head into the back country for hunting or wood-gathering, and those people need to be prepared for a sudden winter storm. He says especially this time of year, people should stay in touch with people back home, check the weather forecast prior to leaving, and check while away either through wireless access or by contacting home. Jones points out that we could see another round of snow later this week. Jones says the Weather Service plans to host a test of emergency communications with social media this week he says the Service encourages friends to share the test message with others, just like they might do with a blizzard warning. When friends and family share this information, he says it often times is more likely to spur people into action. The social media is now used to augment the emergency messages that are broadcast by local media.