Cold weather alert - be prepared

The Met Office has issued a cold weather warning between 8am today (Thursday 8 December) until 6am on Wednesday 13 December for severe cold weather, icy conditions and heavy snow in parts of England.

In the south east, there is a 90% probability of Arctic air arriving from 6pm tonight bringing severe cold.

This is a Level 3 warning which means severe weather action is needed.

You can keep up to date with the Met Office  weather forecasts

On these pages we want to provide you with information so you are well prepared and can also help the young, elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions who are more vulnerable to cold weather.

We will post regular updates here as well as our  Facebook and  Twitter (@ChichesterDC) pages. On Twitter, you can also find advice by using #weatheraware and #staywellthiswinter.

We urge you to take care during these severe weather conditions. Government advice is to ensure that you:

  • Look out for vulnerable relatives, neighbours and friends.
  • Dress warmly.
  • Wear shoes with good grip if heading outside.
  • Keep your home heated to at least 18C if you can.
  • Ensure you have plenty of warm food and drinks to keep you warm.

You can find plenty of information about keeping warm and well on the NHS Winterhealth pages

Top tips to help keep you prepared during cold weather:

Out and about:

  • Make sure you wear warm clothing, wearing a few layers of thin clothing rather than one thick layer.
  • If you are heading out wear shoes with soles that have good grip.
  • Always carry your mobile phone with you and keep it charged in case of an emergency.
  • Check local weather forecasts regularly either on television, radio, websites or social media.
  • Prepare alternative childcare arrangements in case of unexpected school closures.
  • Limit time outdoors if you're at a higher risk of cold-related illness or falls.

Driving:

  • If you drive make sure your car is roadworthy and carry a spade, blanket and emergency food and drink in case of breakdown.
  • Make sure that you defrost the windscreen and windows thoroughly before you drive.
  • Check screen wash levels, and that the windscreen wipers and tyres are in good condition.
  • If you do break down, ring your breakdown service and not the emergency services, unless you believe people are at risk.
  • Leave more time for your journey, and drive slowly, leaving a good distance between your vehicle and the one in front.

At home:

  • Check and maintain the daytime room temperatures of 21C
  • Check bedroom night time temperatures and maintain them at 18C or warmer.
  • Keep warm and active and if you have to go out dress warmly and wear non slip shoes.
  • If you are concerned about your own health or welfare or that of others please alert the emergency services.
  • If you are able to, clear your drive and pathways to prevent accidents.
  • Keep curtains drawn and tucked behind radiators, and doors closed to block out draughts and help trap heat.
  • Set your thermostat to around 21C (70F) and heat all the rooms you use during the day.
  • Heat your bedroom before going to bed.
  • Rather than turning the temperature up higher, set the heating to come on earlier than normal.
  • Make sure any electric blankets have been recently checked and are safe to use.
  • if you use a fire or heater in the bedroom, open the window or door a little bit to allow for ventilation.
  • During cold weather make sure your medicine cabinet is stocked up in case you're unable to leave home.
  • When indoors, try not to sit still for more than an hour. Get up and stretch your legs to maintain circulation and heat.
  • For further information visit the Met Office's Get Weather For Winter  pages which contain advice from a variety of government agencies.

 

Disruption to refuse and recycling collections

If your waste or recycling collections are disrupted by snowy or icy conditions please leave your bin out and we'll get to it as soon as we can.

We'll also post updates on our website, and our Facebook  and  Twitter pages.

Gritting the roads

West Sussex County Council  is responsible for gritting the primary routes throughout Sussex.

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Keep in touch

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