Emergency Advice

Emergencies & Major Incidents


Severe Gale/Storm (forecast gusts over 70 mph)
Stay indoors until storm passes
Check for damage, make safe if possible
Beware of fallen cables, weakened trees, loose masonry
Secure outdoor items
Bring pets indoors
Close doors and windows
Draw curtains in case of flying glass
Check on vulnerable neighbours
Monitor TV/radio weather warnings
(but unplug external TV aerials during thunderstorms)
Monitor TV weather reports, and the Environment Agency's
Floodline 0845 988 1188 or website at http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/
Flood warnings are also on Ceefax page 419 and Teletext page 154
Go indoors and stay there
Bring pets inside too
Close outside doors, windows and airvents
Turn off fans & hot air heating systems, ventilation, etc
Cover all unsealed fresh food
Listen to your local radio station for further advice

Flooding (eg a "Flood Warning" or "Severe Flood Warning" is issued)

Move possessions to a higher level
Protect doorways and airvents with sandbags or floodboards
If your home is flooded turn off gas, electricity and water supplies
Move upstairs if possible
If trapped in deep flooding, stay by a window and call for help
When water recedes DO NOT switch gas, etc back on until told safe
DO throw away food that has been in contact with flood water