With a number of flood warnings and alerts across the country, now is the time to think about what preparations you, your family and your community may need to make should you be affected.
It is thought that one in six properties in the UK is at risk of flooding. Flooding can come from several sources: rivers; coastal waters; groundwater; surface water or sewage surcharges. The Environment Agency and Local Authorities undertake a wide range of activities to reduce the risk of flooding to people and properties, but it is still important for you to prepare yourself as much as possible.
Information has now been added to these pages about flooding including: preparing for a flood, responding during a flood; and after a flood. This has been compiled in consultation with a range of organisations including the Environment Agency, Health Protection Agency and the British Red Cross.
Other pages give suggestions for the very practical things that individuals and communities can do to prepare for the wide range of winter weather that the UK experiences and includes advice on: What to do in severe weather, Cold weather and health, and also the Snow code.
The Get Ready for Winter pages provide links to specific information and advice from government departments and charities to help you as the weather turns colder. The Met Office is hosting the Get Ready for Winter web pages on behalf of HM Government and partners.
There are practical steps you can take to support your community in preparing for winter weather.
Helping you keep warm and well this winter
There are certain practical steps that you can take to protect your home from winter weather.
Preparations and precautions when travelling in winter.
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To find out about partner activity and for more detailed advice, please visit the following websites:
British Red Cross The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies.
We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on with their lives. Visit the British Red Cross website to find out more about the work they do and how you can prepare for winter.
the salvation army The Salvation Army is a worldwide Christian church and registered charity offering practical help to people of all ages and backgrounds. Visit the Salvation Army website..
Rotary International Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland are working with communities in the UK and overseas helping to improve the lives of others. Visit the Rotary International website.
St John Ambulance St John Ambulance are dedicated to the teaching and practice of first aid. For more information about the St John Ambulance service visit their website.
WRVS WRVS is an age positive charity which delivers personal and practical support to help older people. To find out more WRVS.
There are a number of things you can do in advance to prepare for flooding and to minimise its effects.
Advice issued by the Department for Transport on clearing snow and ice from the pavement outside your home or public spaces to prevent slips and falls. Follow the snow code to clear snow and ice safely.
Helping you to protect your health through the winter
Keep informed of severe weather
Latest forecasts for regions and 5000 locations
How much snow do we get in the UK each year?
Find out how snow is formed, what it is made of and how cold it needs to be to snow.
Forecasting snow will always be a challenge in the UK - there's often a fine line between if it will rain or snow.
Introduction to air and hoar frost and how they differ from glaze and rime.
Find out why frost can be challenging to forecast.
Essex County Council is urging people to 'Get ready for Winter' and attend events this week in Chelmsford.
Bolton Council with its partner agencies held a Winter advice day on 25th October in Victoria Square, Bolton Town Centre.
Tendring District Council are supporting the Cabinet Office Get Ready for Winter Campaign