We all too frequently take our services for granted – power will always be available to heat our homes, communication will always be at hand to call for help if we get into a situation, and our cars will always get us where we need to go regardless of weather conditions. However, when temperatures plunge as they have this week, many learn that this is not always true. Teton County Emergency Management Coordinator Rich Ochs says particularly as you set out across Wyoming in your car, be sure it is equipped with items to help you survive if you become stranded. Says Ochs, “You want to make sure you at least keep a half-tank of gasoline, and if your car quits running, you want to make sure that you’ve got items in there that can, first off, keep you warm. So you want to have an extra jacket, sleeping bag, think about footwear, especially waterproof shoes if you’ve got to walk. You want make sure that you dress in layers and try to keep your car in optimal running condition. Ochs also suggests keeping at least a half-tank of gas in the car. Also he says, keep a shovel and a tow strap in the trunk in order to help pull someone out of a drift if necessary, or to have to to get your own car out. Ochs says just as people are advised, “Know before you go” when they ski or snowmobile in the back country, it is a good idea to do the same before setting out in a car. He suggests checking with wyoroad.info for road conditions and even signing up for WYDOT 511 notifications from the highway department on your cell phone.