WOODBURY - Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone say both counties are bracing for this weekend’s nasty winter blast.

Mangano will activate the county's non-emergency hotline at midnight tonight. The number to dial for non-emergency situations is 1-888-684-4274. 

In addition, Mangano said those who may need housing assistance can call the county's Warm Bed Hotline at 1-866-WARM-BED. Shelters will be opened as needed. 

Officials are urging residents to prepare for possible power outages. 

In a press conference this afternoon, Bellone says the county is paying close particularly attention to areas vulnerable to erosion since Superstorm Sandy. 

Bellone says highway crews have already begun preparations to keep the county's roadways clear when the storm hits.

Residents are preparing for the storm by buying shovels, salt and gas for generators.