Guidance on being prepared for and dealing with severe weather

Severe weather events have the potential to affect our daily lives and cause widespread disruption to transport, communication and utility services. This guide provides useful information on how to prepare for severe weather and emergency contact numbers.

Emergencies can happen at any time. Does your family know how to get in touch with each other if you are not all together? You can help by passing this information to family and friends, or by sharing them on social media with your followers.


How To Prepare For Severe Weather

For Your Car:

  • Ensure a full tank of fuel before setting off
  • Ice scraper and de-icer
  • Folding shovel with sheath
  • Fully charged mobile phone
  • Battery-powered torch + extra batteries
  • Spare warm clothing and blankets
  • Food and a flask with a hot drink
  • Medications (5-day supply minimum)
  • Well-stocked first aid kit
  • Sack of sand (or cat litter) for tyre traction
  • Compass and local/regional road maps
  • Family and friends emergency contact details

For Your Home:

  • Battery-powered AM/FM radio (avoid DAB)
  • Food (non-perishable and easy-to-prepare)
  • Bottled water (one gallon p.p. daily)
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Medications (7-day supply minimum)
  • Well-stocked first aid kit
  • Battery-powered torch and extra batteries
  • Fully charged mobile phone
  • Extra cash (ATMs may not work)
  • Map of your local area and of Essex
  • Details of local emergency rest centre
  • Homeowner/rental insurance information
  • Family and friends emergency contact details
  • Copies of personal documents

Emergency Contact Numbers

Affinity Water: 0345 357 2407

Anglian Water: 03457 145 145

British Gas: 0800 111 999

Environment Agency: 0800 80 70 60

Essex and Suffolk Water: 0345 782 0999

HM Coastguard: 020 8312 7380

Met Office: 01392 885680

UK Power Networks: 0800 31 63 105