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Severe Weather

 Type of emergency  Before  During/after 
Severe gale/storm (forecast gusts over 70mph)
  • Secure outdoor items
  • Bring pets indoors
  • Close doors and windows
  • Draw curtains in case of flying glass
  • Check on vulnerable neighbours
  • Monitor TV / radio weather warnings (unplug external TV aerial during thunderstorms)
  • Stay indoors until storm passes
  • Check for damage, make safe where possible
  • Beware fallen cables, weakened trees, loose masonry etc.
Flooding (eg a Flood warning or severe flood warning is issued)
  • Move possessions to a higher level
  • Protect doorways and air-vents with sandbags or flood-boards
  • Monitor TV weather reports and the Environment Agency's Floodline - 0345 988 1188 - or Flood warning web site.
  • Check the Environment Agency website for information regarding warnings and alerts
  • If your home is flooded turn off gas, electricity and water supplies
  • Move upstairs if possible
  • If trapped in deep flooding stay by a window and call for help
  • When water recedes do not switch gas etc back on until systems are inspected
  • Throw away food that has been in contact with flood water
  • Check the local weather forecast
  • Plan your day to avoid being out during the hottest part of the day
  • Monitor the web / TV / radio for public health information
  • Keep out of the heat of the day
  • Stay cool
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Seek medical advice if concerned
  • Close curtains in rooms with lots of sun
  • Take cool showers

 Toxic chemical or radiation emergency

Type of emergency      


Toxic chemical or radiation release
  • Go indoors and stay there
  • Bring pets inside
  • Close outside doors, windows and air vents
  • Turn off fans, hot air heating systems, ventilation etc.
  • Cover all unsealed fresh food
  • Listen to your local radio station for further advice
  • Don't go outside until told it is safe to do so
  • Don't collect children from school unless instructed to - they will be looked after
  • Don't use rainwater, or eat locally grown vegetables until told they are safe

For urgent assistance always call 999

In an emergency the authorities will broadcast safety information on local radio. Local stations covering Buckinghamshire include:

  • BBC 3 Counties - 94.7 FM, 98.0 FM & 104.5 FM
  • BBC Radio Berkshire - 94.6 FM & 95.4 FM
  • Fox - 102.6 FM
  • Mix 96 - 96.2 FM
  • Heart FM - 97.6

Further information

Contact your District Council Emergency Planning Officer:

Aylesbury Vale DC: 01296 585858
Chiltern DC: 01494 729000
Wycombe DC: 01494 461000
South Bucks DC:  01895 837200

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