Are you prepared for winter? Is the question that Nottinghamshire County Council is asking residents.
Previous winters have seen significant flood events and storms cause disruption to road users and council services and this year communities are being asked to think about how they could personally prepare for similar conditions.
Key advice includes knowing the flood risk of your property, knowing the actions to take in the event of flood warnings being issued, carrying out safety checks on your vehicle, staying warm and well and knowing how to drive in winter conditions.
Councillor John Cottee, Chairman of the Communities and Place Committee, said: “We know that winter weather can be unpredictable, and so we are advising our communities to ensure they are prepared for whatever conditions the next few months bring.
“A good example of this is asking yourself the question ‘would I know what to do should a flood occur in my area?’ or ‘which items should I keep in my car during winter?’
“Advice on staying well and warm in winter can also be found on our website alongside tips for driving in heavy rain, snow, flooding, high winds and ice.
“Our advice to residents is to take a few minutes to have a read of our advice, as if previous winters have taught us anything, it’s that conditions and forecasts can change quickly and so it’s good to be prepared.
“Our gritting teams have already been out on 14 gritting runs since going on full-time standby on 1 November, and although our forestry, flooding and emergency response teams may not be as visible, it doesn’t mean that they aren’t prepared and ready to act at any given time to keep Nottinghamshire safe.
“Finally, I’d like to take this opportunity to wish each and everyone of you and your families a safe and happy Christmas.”
Winter advice for residents can be found at: https://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/planning-and-environment/emergencies-and-disruption/winter-weather