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Staying one step ahead

13 November 2012

This winter we are working with the Department of Health and the Health Protection Agency to provide a Cold Weather Alert service.

Each year, around 27,000 more people die during winter in England when compared to non-winter months.

The introduction of the Cold Weather Alert service last winter as part of the Cold Weather Plan has been warmly welcomed by public health and emergency responders across the country.

The purpose of the Cold Weather Plan is to avoid the dangers of severe winter weather. It increases resilience by raising public awareness and encouraging those in contact with people most at risk from cold weather to take action.

The Cold Weather Alert service operates in England from 1 November to 31 March, in association with the Department of Health. Met Office alerts are sent to the Health Protection Agency and NHS Trusts. They are also featured on our website and via our Twitter feed.

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