Here's what you can do to prepare for such an emergency.
Prepare a winter storm plan
Have extra blankets on hand
Ensure that each member of your household has a warm coat, gloves or mittens, hat and water-resistant boots
Assemble a disaster supplies kit containing:
First aid kit and essential medication
Battery-powered NOAA Weather Radio and portable radio, flashlight, and extra batteries
Canned food and non-electric can opener
Have your car winterized before winter storm season
Assemble a disaster supplies kit for your car
Stay tuned for storm warnings on NOAA Weather Radio or your local radio and TV stations
Winter Storm Watch
A winter storm watch means a winter storm is possible in your area. When a winter storm watch is issued:
Listen to NOAA Weather Radio, local radio and TV stations.
Be alert to changing weather conditions.
Avoid unnecessary travel.
Winter Storm Warning
A winter storm warning means a winter storm is headed for your area. A blizzard warning means strong winds, blinding wind-driven snow, and dangerous wind chills are expected. Seek shelter immediately. When a winter storm warning is issued:
Stay indoors during the storm.
If you must go outside, several layers of lightweight clothing will keep you warmer than a single heavy coat. Gloves and a hat will prevent loss of body heat. Cover your mouth to protect your lungs.
Understand the hazards of wind chill, which combines the cooling effect of wind and cold temperatures on exposed skin. As the wind increases, heat is carried away from a person's body at an accelerated rate driving down the body temperature.
Walk carefully on snowy, icy sidewalks.
After the storm, be extremely careful if you shovel snow. It is physically strenuous work, so take frequent breaks. Avoid overexertion.