The Met Office has launched its WeatherReady Winter Campaign for 2019 in partnership with the Cabinet Office to help people prepare for and cope with severe weather. WeatherReady encourages individuals, families and communities to think about winter preparations they can make to help them stay warm, healthy and safe at this time of year.
The following WeatherReady checklist has been produced as part of the campaign’s resources and can be used to help people to think ahead.
Get your flu jab
Flu can have a major impact on vulnerable people and you may be entitled to your vaccination free of charge.
Check your vehicle is winter ready
Top up anti-freeze screen wash, check your tyres and think about a winter kit for your car.
Make a ‘plan B’ for commuting and childcare
Consider alternative commuting plans for severe weather, and alternative childcare plans in case of school or nursery closures.
Check your heating
Cold weather can be a risk to your health, particularly if you are over 65 or have health conditions. Your home should be heated to at least 18 ºC.
How will you access information?
Consider how you would access vital information if a storm takes out power and phone lines. Save key documents and information in a safe place and consider a battery-powered charger.
Think about what may be impacted by strong winds or flooding
Around the home there may be guttering, pipes, roof tiles/slates, garden items and important items stored on the ground floor which could beat risk from severe weather. Make some checks and maintenance, and consider moving items.
Plumbing checks can save your money
Check your pipes are insulated and know where your stop tap is.
Have some basic supplies and a grab bag ready
Make sure you have some basic supplies such as bottled water, medicines, torch, radio and batteries in a ‘grab bag’. This will help if you have to leave home quickly or your power or water are disrupted.
Think of your neighbours
Share this checklist with your neighbours and see if they have any other tips. You can also tell them if you can help in severe weather.
Think of your community
There are lots of things you could do to help your community, particularly if severe weather hits. Contact your local resilience forum for more information.
The above information has been produced by The Met Office. More information can be found at www.metoffice.gov.uk/weatherready
Communities Prepared resources
You can also download a range of free training resources and information from Communities Prepared with guidance on preparing for, responding to, and recovering from flooding, snow and utilities failure plus additional support on managing and recruiting community volunteers. Click here to sign up for free.