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Get ready for winter


  1. snow code 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.
  2. carbon monox alarm Winter is the time when most carbon monoxide poisonings occur. By taking action you can protect you and your family against this toxic gas that kills approximately 40 people per year in the UK and injures thousands.
  3. FLOOD Flooding can come from several sources including rivers, coastal waters, groundwater, surface water or sewage surcharges. There are a number of things you can do in advance to prepare for flooding and to minimise its effects.

Get ready for winter

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.

Somerset levels

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. 

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To find out about partner activity and for more detailed advice, please visit the following websites:

The British Red Cross

British Red Cross 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 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 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 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 WRVS is an age positive charity which delivers personal and practical support to help older people. To find out more  WRVS

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