Winter Weather Preparedness

(BINGHAMTON, NY) As we look to receive our first significant snow event for 2024 this weekend, it is a good time to remind the public to be prepared for snow, ice and cold.

Residents should prepare by creating emergency kits in their homes and cars. Home kits should include food, water and medication to last several days. Vehicle kits should also include a shovel, blankets and food as well as a mobile phone or other way to communicate. Both kits should include flashlights with fully charged batteries and portable chargers.

Residents should note that the term "Travel Advisory" means there could be dangerous road conditions, but you can drive with proper provisions for the conditions. A "Travel Ban" prohibits travel for all but essential personnel.

When the National Weather Service forecasts weather related events, it is important we listen to the timing and duration of the event, along with any updates. We have seen firsthand the unpredictable nature of weather systems locally and Broome County encourages its residents to always be prepared. You can receive local and regional weather reports at or any local news stations. If you haven’t already, please sign up for NYALERT and 511NY at and to receive important local alerts.

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Publish Date
January 5, 2024