Severe weather advice
The Meteorological Office provides local authorities with a severe weather warning service to provide on probable locations and potential duration of severe weather.
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Precautions to cope with severe weather
- If possible, clear snow and ice in the morning when it is still loose
- Use salt, NOT water as the water will refreeze and possibly turn to black ice. A tablespoon of salt should cover a square metre.
- Ash or sand is a good alternative to help with grip, but will not prevent refreezing
- Make sure you cover your paths in salt before nightfall to stop freezing overnight
- Check on any elderly or disabled neighbours.
Be prepared by having:
- A supply of torches and/or camping lanterns for emergency lighting
- A camping gas cooker or other means of cooking if you rely entirely on electricity
- A battery-powered radio (and replacement batteries) to hear local radio bulletins
- Adequate insurance to cover your property.
When severe weather is forecast:
- Do not travel unless your journey is absolutely necessary.
- Stow away garden furniture and remove loose articles from outside the house as they might cause damage if blown around
- Store a few filled containers with fresh water for drinking purposes, especially for young children and for infant feeds in case water supplies fail.
- Check your neighbours to see if they need help.
When severe weather strikes:
- Remain indoors, close windows and curtains to protect against breaking glass
- Have your emergency pack ready
- Listen to the local radio for help and advice
- Never open deep freezers until electricity is fully restored, cover with newspaper and blankets for extra insulation. If food thaws out do not refreeze, use it straight away or consult our environmental health service for general advice.
- Listen to advice given and do not travel.
- Keep warm and eat regularly, even cold food will give you energy.
- If your electricity supply fails, turn off all major appliances, particularly electric fires and cookers, until power is restored.