Emergency Planning

Consider working with others to create networks of neighbours, relatives, friends and co-workers who will assist each other in an emergency. ”

Winter Weather

At Home

  • Prepare your home for cold weather, insulate pipes and know how to turn off gas and water supplies as you may need to do so if you have a leak.
  • Ensure your boiler and heating system is working properly and efficiently.
  • Keep stocks of non perishable foods and bottle water.
  • Ensure you have enough of any necessary medication should you be unable to leave you home for a prolonged period of time.
  • Look after your neighbours.
  • Tune in to local radio stations for the latest information about severe weather disruption.

BBC Essex: 103.5 7 & 95.3

Essex FM: 106.3 & 92.6


Out & About

Listen to travel advice – Don’t travel unless it’s necessary. If you do have to travel take precautions to ensure your safety.


  • Take care, don’t rush and continually assess the surface that you are walking on, look out for patches of ice.
  • Dress appropriately - wearing several layers helps insulate heat better than one thick layer, warm comfortable socks and shoes are advisable (particularly walking boots or non-slip shoes).
  • If you do fall try to relax as much as possible and not tense up.


  • Prepare your car; top up with antifreeze and check tyres are inflated appropriately and are in good condition.
  • Check fuel/water/oil/brake fluid/screen-wash levels
  • Ensure heater/lights/brakes/exhaust systems all function correctly

Public transport

Public transport may be cancelled or delayed during severe weather, check with the service provider (for example Network Rail) before setting off.

  • Snow in Essex
  • Skid sign
  • Snow on Car