Weather the storms

Winter 2022 will be remembered for the disruption and damage caused by storms Dudley, Eunice and Franklin across the UK with winds reaching 122 miles per hour.  Although you can’t control the weather, you can take measures to stay safe and protect your property.

Here are some simple tips and advice to make sure you don’t put yourself, or others, at risk when the storms come along.

Be prepared

  • Secure loose objects including ladders, garden furniture and other items that could get whisked away in the storms.
  • Close and securely fasten doors and windows, including garage and garden gates
  • Park vehicles in a garage.  Alternatively, keep away from trees, walls, buildings and fences.
  • Close and lock loft trapdoors.
  • Close and fasten storm shutters if you have them fitted over your windows.
  • Be prepared and stock up on essential items that you may need during the storm.

During the storm

  • Stay indoors and only go out for essential journeys
  • Do not put yourself at risk.  If you do go out, try not to walk close to buildings or trees
  • Do not drive unless your journey is really necessary
  • Do not go outside to repair damage while the storm is in progress
  • If possible, enter and leave your house through doors in the sheltered side, closing them behind you
  • Take care when driving on exposed routes such as bridges, or high open roads, delay your journey or find alternative routes if possible
  • Slow down and be aware of side winds, particular care should be taken if you are towing or are a high sided vehicle
  • Keep up to date with weather news and act on their advice.

After the storm

  • Be careful not to touch any electrical or other cables that have been blown down or damaged during the storm
  • Do not walk too close to walls, buildings and trees as they could have been weakened
  • Check on vulnerable neighbours or relatives to make sure they are safe and help them make arrangements for any repairs.

We can’t control the storms, but we can make sure we do not put ourselves, others and properties at risk by failing to take care during adverse weather.