Know the difference between a watch, warning, and advisory.

Preparing your home

According to the National Weather Service, your primary concerns at home or work during a winter storm are loss of heat, power and telephone service and a shortage of supplies if storm conditions continue for more than a day. In either place, you should have available:

Preparing your vehicle

The National Weather Service advises before leaving the house, especially before a longer trip in winter, make sure all fluid levels are full and ensure that the lights, heater and windshield wipers are in proper condition. Keep your gas tank near full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines. Avoid traveling alone. Let someone know your timetable and primary and alternate routes.

Carry a Winter Storm Survival Kit that includes the following:

More storm preparedness tips.

Here are some ways to stay safe during a winter storm:

If Your Heat Goes Out:

Staying safe in vehicles

If you must drive during a storm, take the following precautions:

If your car gets stuck during a storm:

Once the storm is over, make sure you take the following precautions:

See current road conditions in New York, Vermont, and Massachusetts. Road conditions are maintained by each state's department of transportation.

You can find the latest outages by visiting or contacting your local electrical utility.

Additional storm safety resources to keep you and your family safe.