When stormy weather is forecast, there are things we can all do to make sure we’re prepared and staying as safe as possible.
- Make sure you know where to look for relevant information, such as your local authority, your utility suppliers and the Met Office. Make a note of useful phone numbers in case you lose internet access.
- Charge phones, tablets, power banks and any other essential devices.
- Prepare an emergency kit, with items such as a torch, portable radio, replacement batteries, matches and bottled water.
- Make sure any outdoor items – such as bins, garden furniture, play equipment etc – are firmly secured or put away safely to avoid them being blown around and causing damage.
- Wherever possible, park vehicles in a garage, or well away from buildings, trees, walls and fences.
- If you have vulnerable neighbours or loved ones, please check on them and make sure they’re OK.
Ideally, it is best not to travel during a storm. However, if it is essential, then please leave extra time to do so safely.
- Before you leave, check your route to see if there is any known disruption. Road closures will be on local authority websites and social media.
- Drive to the weather conditions – slow down, be aware of side winds, be extra cautious about debris on the roads, and take care when going through standing water.
- Don’t ignore warning signs or road closures, a diversion is always better than putting yourself in danger.