PITTSFIELD, Mass. - Driving around Pittsfield Monday afternoon, it seemed most folks have heeded the warnings regarding Sandy.
Many residents were securing or taking in Halloween decorations completely. Along the way NEWS10 reporter Amy Cutler found William Gero, who could be called the "King of Being Prepared."
Gero showed Amy how he cleared his backyard, stacking up all the yard chairs, securing a generator to his deck - even taking in all the pellets for his pellet stove.
Gero said he learned his lesson during Irene and Lee.
Others though are taking it seriously as well, with a State of Emergency in effect for the city, state and region; the Massachusetts National Guard has been activated. There are nearly three dozen guardsmen ready at the local base.
Earlier in the day, Amy stopped in North Adams where the wind was already churning leaves and jostling flags.
Adams town Administrator Jonathan Butler told Amy they're ready, explaining that preparations started Friday.