WeatherReady Winter Campaign by the Met Office
WeatherReady is a year round campaign run by the Met Office, in partnership with the Cabinet Office, to help individuals prepare for, and cope with, severe weather. The winter campaign encourages individuals, families and communities to think about winter preparations they can make to help them stay warm, healthy and safe at this time of year.
Details on the WeatherReady campaign including weather related advice covering the themes of health, travel and property can be accessed via the following link: www.metoffice.gov.uk/weatherready.
“Be Winter Ready” Campaign by Western Power Distribution
The electricity and gas networks have come together again to help members of the public prepare in case they have a power cut or gas emergency this winter through its annual ‘Be Winter Ready’ campaign, which is launching on 2nd December.
While electricity supplies are very reliable, bad winter weather can cause damage and disruption. As the nights get colder and darker, the chance of experiencing severe weather becomes more likely. Storms, floods and other extreme conditions can cause damage to the electricity network and disrupt energy supplies.
To Be Winter Ready, we’re urging the public to:
• Know your free emergency numbers – in a power cut call 105 or, for a gas emergency, dial 0800 111999.
• Prepare your home – keep a torch handy and get your appliances serviced by a Gas Safe registered engineer to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Vulnerable households can also get extra support by signing up to the Priority Services Register.
• Keep your eyes open – keep an eye on the weather forecast and, if you have a power cut or a gas emergency, check on your neighbours.
We have created a digital toolkit of materials to communicate this information, including social media posts, a poster and leaflet: www.energynetworks.org/news/public-information/be-winter-ready-toolkit.html
Please share the posts on Facebook and Twitter, on websites and share in a newsletter or print flyers and posters. We’d really appreciate it if you can help us to reach people with this advice.
The Priority Services Register
The Priority Services Register is a free service provided by the company and is eligible for anyone who is of pensionable age, disabled, has children under 5 years old or relies on medical equipment.
As part of the service, customers are kept informed as much as possible of power cuts affecting their home and are given special help, if needed, through the British Red Cross.
The Priority Services Register offers peace of mind for vulnerable customers and their families and we do our very best to ensure that their needs are met at all times.
We already have 1.8 million customers on our register.
To find out more information or to register, please call us on 0800 096 3080 or visit www.westernpower.co.uk/psr.