Are You Weather Ready?
The Met Office 'Weather Ready' campaign provides information on their website focusing on key areas including:
- Driving in severe weather
- What to do in a powercut
- 10 things you should do now to prepare for winter
Be aware of severe weather alerts issued by the Met Office.
Cold Weather Plan
The NHS Cold Weather Plan recommends steps to take to reduce the risk to health from cold weather for:
- individuals, local communities and voluntary groups
- the NHS, local authorities, social care, and other public agencies
- professionals working with people at risk
Keep Warm, Keep Well
The Keep Warm, Keep Well leaflets provide guidance on staying well in cold weather, including advice on fnancial help, healthy lifestyle, flu jabs and heating.
Preparedness At Home
If heavy snow or icy conditions are forecast make sure your home and car are prepared.
- Grit your paths and driveway.
- Check vulnerable relatives and neighbours are prepared and are OK.
- Prevent loss of body heat, wear layers of clothing.
- Have your emergency kit available in case of power cuts.
- Avoid travelling if possible.
- If you have to travel prepare your car: make sure it has anti-freeze and low-freezing screen wash added and keep your fuel tank full. Keep a windscreen scraper in your car.
- Keep an emergency kit in your car with warm clothes, gloves, boots, blankets, a hat, food, water, a torch, spare batteries, a spade / shovel, tow rope, jump leads, grit, first aid kit.
- Include a mobile phone and ensure it is fully charged before you leave.
- Check the weather forecast and your route before you leave, allow extra time to get to your destination, let people know when you leave and when you should be expected at your destination.
- Check the Highway Code for advice on driving in snowy conditions, reduce your speed, avoid harsh braking or acceleration.