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26th November 2021

Cold weather alert, what can care providers do?

With a risk of severe cold weather, icy conditions and heavy snow across parts of the country, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) is encouraging people to stay warm and look out for those most at risk from the effects of cold weather.

The Met Office is warning that the North East of England, North West of England, Yorkshire and the Humber, West Midlands and East Midlands regions will experience cold weather from 6pm on Friday 26 November to 3pm on Monday 29 November.

What can care providers do?

You can do some of the following things to respond to this:

  • Review your Business Continuity Plan
  • Check to see if staff are aware of your on-call procedure and if they know who is on-call tonight

Make sure staff are aware of the Business Continuity Plan and what to do in an emergency such as a power cut.

Remind staff of some appropriate policies such as:

  • Adverse Weather Policy and Procedure
  • Supporting Service Users During Adverse Weather Policy and Procedure
  • Business Continuity Plan Policy and Procedure
  • On-Call Policy and Procedure

Additional tips and considerations in the event of a power cut:

  • Is your emergency grab bag accessible and are any PEEPS up to date?
  • Have you got torches and batteries?
  • Maybe have some flasks of hot drinks available in the kitchen
  • Have you got plenty of spare blankets if needed?
  • Are there any vulnerable service users you may need to contact to do a welfare check?
  • Are there any vulnerable staff you might want to check on? Ask if any local staff can be on standby in the event of an emergency

Will Lang, Head of Civil Contingencies at the Met Office, said: “The UK will see temperatures drop to below average in the coming days, as cold air is drawn in from the north. This is coupled with the strong winds associated with Storm Arwen, which means it will feel especially cold in the wind.

Areas in the north will see temperatures below freezing overnight, with daytime maximum temperatures only getting into the low single figures. It’s important to note that strong wind speeds, in excess of 65mph in exposed locations, will exacerbate the cold temperatures we’ll be seeing over the weekend.”

Further information

Register with the Met Office to receive updates on weather warnings to ensure that you, your staff and service users remain up to date.

To check the latest weather forecast updates, visit the Met Office website or app.

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