Severe Weather

Winter Weather

Get Ready for Winter

“Get Ready for Winter” is a national campaign lead by Central Government and the Met Office, which is supported by partners across the UK who provide useful advice on preparing for and getting through the winter. More information can be found on the official Get Ready for Winter webpage.

Cold weather at home

The reality is that severe weather can occur at any time of the year, but during the winter months the likelihood of severe weather increases. In your day to day life it is important that you consider the risks and consequences of severe weather including how you and the people around you could be affected. Have a look at the Council’s winter advice webpage for some things to bear in mind.

If you or someone you know relies on prescription medication, ensure that prescriptions are kept up to date and you have enough to last you at least a week.

Prepare a winter car kit

In weather conditions your journey could take longer than you expect. Prepare for this by packing a few essential items in your car if the worst should happen. Suggested items include:

  • Torch and spare batteries
  • Ice scraper and de-icer
  • Warm clothes and boots
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Sleeping bag and a pillow
  • Some food and water (crisps, cereal bars etc.)
  • Flask of hot drink (if bad weather is forecast and your journey is essential) 
  • Shovel

Snow Clearance

Contrary to popular myth, there is no law stopping you from taking action to clear your local pavements and pathways, providing that you take a careful and common sense approach. When clearing snow and ice make sure you are not putting yourself or anyone else at risk and do not use water under any circumstances as it may replace snow with dangerous black ice.