Severe weather can mean power cuts and possibly loss of other services - gas or water - over a wide area.
- Keep a small emergency pack and know where to find it - even in the dark.
- Keep in it a torch, radio (with batteries), candles and matches.
- Watch out for fire risks if you have to use the candles.
- You may need to switch off supplies at the main - if you don't know how to, check with gas, electricity and water authorities now.
- Keep warm by wearing several layers of clothes rather than one chunky layer; this will trap the heat better to keep you warm. Consider wearing a hat and gloves and cover yourself with a blanket or shawl if you are sitting for long periods. Try to put your feet up too! The air is colder near the floor.
- If you need the police, fire or ambulance services, dial 999 and give the operator your number so that you can be traced if the line is cut.
In a critical period do not ring the police as an information service as they will probably not have the capacity to answer your call – tune in to the Local Radio Station.
- If anyone is seriously injured, you will obviously need the Ambulance Service but you may be able to deal with minor injuries yourself if you have some knowledge of first aid.