FLORAL PARK, N.Y. (CBS 2) — The wintry weather makes things difficult for everyone, not just commuters. Doctors and hospitals have to be especially prepared for any emergency they may encounter, Jennifer McLogan reports.

Residents can tell from the piles of snow on the sidewalks that this storm didn’t bring the accumulations we saw from the post-Christmas blizzard.

However, doctors were still saying to keep an eye on the elderly.

“Preparation is key. You want to be sure that your loved ones, your elderly neighbors have flashlights, that they have batteries. It’s always a good idea to have warm clothing available to them, to try and dissuade them from shoveling the snow. Probably a little bit better to let the kids wade through the snow the next day to the bus stop than having an 85-year-old neighbor or relative or grandfather shoveling out the snow,” said Dr. Mark Hoornstra.

Apropos of this advice, McLogan found an older woman near Covert Avenue whose adult son was hard at work shoveling foot-high snow.

“Taking it easy I hope,” she said, and got a reply of “no” and laughter.