How to Prepare for the Winter Weather

With the winter fast approaching and some speculative reporting that this winter could be a cold one, we thought we’d take a look at how you can be prepared this winter.

There’s obviously a lot of ways that you can prepare but it’s often quite difficult to pin these down and put a plan in place so that if worse comes to worse you are ready to deal with it in the best way you can.

Partners in the Gloucestershire Local Resilience Forum have put together an ‘Are You Ready?’ booklet which has several key steps in and so that’s a great place to start. You can access this resource by clicking here. This guide takes you through each weather type and how you can best prepare for these.

In addition to the booklet, here are some other really simple steps you can take to ensure you’re ready for anything.

Firstly, keep an eye on the Met Office twitter account (@metoffice). Not only are there regular forecasts as you’d expect but also there are always hints and tips posted that can help you along the way.

Staying on Twitter, it’s always good to keep an eye on #GritterTwitter which keeps you up-to-date with which roads are being gritted in the UK and can often be quite entertaining at times. The Glos Highways Twitter accounts regularly uses this and posts about road closures as well. You can follow them on @GlosRoads. The Gloucestershire Highways winter service team grits over 1,000 miles of the county’s road network, have over 4,800 grit bins for the public to use and work with over 100 snow warden volunteers.

A vital thing to do to be prepared for any adverse weather is to sign up to the Priority Services Register. This is a free service provided by utility suppliers and network operators to anyone who may be considered vulnerable. You may be vulnerable without even knowing it. The ways that you could be vulnerable are:

·         Are of pensionable age

·         Are disabled or chronically sick

·         Have a long-term medical condition

·         Have a hearing or visual impairment or additional communication needs

·         Are in a vulnerable situation.

For more information about what the service is and how to sign up, visit the Ofgem website by clicking here

We hope that combined with the ‘Are You Ready?’ booklet and a few additional tips, you’ll be well prepared for the winter this year.