Are you ready for the weather this Winter?
Thinking ahead and preparing for what the weather may bring this winter can make a real difference. There are some simple steps you can take to stay safe and healthy at this time of year – from preparing your home or business to taking care of yourself, your family and neighbours.
The Met Office have provided up-to-date, expert seasonal advice from carefully selected organisations to help you prepare for and respond to the weather, to stay safe and protect yourself, your homes and businesses.
They are working with the Cabinet Office and all their WeatherReady partners to help you prepare for and cope with severe weather. Click on this link to access the information: www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/weatherready
In extreme conditions such as snow and flooding, there is a possibility that the emergency services may not be able to reach the scene immediately, In such circumstances, the initial response will rely on local people.
Thurston Parish Council have prepared a detailed Emergency Information Plan to assist residents of the village to cope in an emergency situation. To access the self help information please click here
If your house is situated in an area at risk of flooding, you are strongly advised to spend some time and money preparing and planning for a flood event.
More detailed guidance can be seen on the Environment Agency website but in summary:-
Find out if you live in an area at risk from flooding - Am I at risk of flooding?
Look at your flood protection options and buy those that best fit your needs .
Make sure your home and contents are insured against flood risk.
Agree a plan of action within your household or property.
Know the location of your airbricks and how to protect them.
Know how to turn your mains power/gas supplies off.
Prepare an emergency bag with radio, batteries and a torch upstairs.
Keep or move irreplaceable sentimental items upstairs.
For further information:
Click here for advise on what to do before, during and after a flood and how to protect yourself and your property. For government information regarding how to recover after a flood, please click here.
Click here for more information about areas at risk of flooding in Thurston and here for details on river levels in mid Suffolk.
03.02.2017 - Suffolk County Council have recently issued issued the following news bulletin:
Over the winter months flooding can cause persistent and damaging issues for local communities. Despite the disruption this can cause, it can also be quite difficult to know who to report flooding to since there can be a number of different organisations (known as flood risk management authorities) who might have responsibility or involvement in an incident.
Therefore, Flood and Water Management at Suffolk County Council has created the “Report a flood in Suffolk” webpage. This helps to inform users which organisation they should report their flood to, and provides links to try and make this process as simple as possible. Historically, flooding tends to go under-reported due to the fear of an increase in insurance costs, but a new government scheme known as “Flood Re” has helped to significantly reduce the burden on homeowners. You can find more information on Flood Re here. So if you are aware of any areas which may have suffered from flooding, we would encourage you to use our reporting tool and make the relevant risk management authorities aware.
You can also find plenty more information on a number of different flooding and drainage issues (such as ditches, highway drainage, and the responsibilities of private owners) on our website: www.suffolk.gov.uk/flooding.