Ready for winter
Stay safe and healthy this winter
Being ready and prepared for severe winter weather conditions can keep you safe and well.
Advice if you are already experiencing a winter emergency.
School and service closures
Check to see if any council services you use are disrupted or closed
Know your severe weather warnings
Make sure you know what to do when severe weather is forecast. The Met Office issues weather warnings. These warnings are based on the level of impact the weather may cause and the likelihood of it occurring.
- Yellow warnings - severe weather is possible. You should plan ahead thinking about possible travel delays, or the disruption of your day to day activities.
- Amber warnings - increased likelihood of bad weather, which could potentially disrupt your plans, possibly cause travel delays, road and rail closures, interruption to power and the potential risk to life and property. You need to be prepared.
- Red warnings - extreme weather is expected. You should take action now to keep yourself and others safe. Travel and power disruption and risk to life is likely. Avoid dangerous areas and follow the advice of the emergency services and local authorities.
Get prepared for winter weather
- Latest weather forecasts and expert advice from the Met Office
- Order salt bins for your organisation
- Follow @twitgritter for gritting updates in Bucks
- Why roads may still be icy - deciding when to grit
- Stay Well This Winter
- Advice for older people from Age UK to stay safe and healthy in winter
- Be ready for emergencies with this app from the British Red Cross
- Be flood aware and sign up for flood warnings
Roads and travel advice
Advice on how to travel safely in Buckinghamshire this winter.
- Traffic information - Highways England
- Traffic cameras - Buckinghamshire
- Travel advice - winter weather
- Driving - tips for driving in winter weather
- Gritting - routes in Buckinghamshire
- Salt bins
Stay well - get the right help
Some illnesses are caused by or get worse in winter weather. Make sure you get the right help at the right time. The NHS has lots of advice and guidance to help you stay well:
- How you can stay well in winter
- Ask your pharmacist - they are experts in medicines and trained in managing minor illness.
- Contact NHS 111 for help - if you have an urgent medical problem and you are not sure what to do.
Flu and flu prevention
- Check if you have flu and treat flu yourself
- Free flu jabs - check if you are eligible
- Carers - free flu jabs
- Need flu advice - contact your pharmacist
Keep warm in winter
Cold weather can affect your health.
Get advice on reducing fuel bills or making your home warmer from Simple Energy Advice Helpline or call 0800 444 202
- Winter fuel payments from the Government
- Cold weather payments from the Government
- Keep warm, keep well leaflet
Be a good neighbour
If you want to help elderly or frail neighbours but are not sure how, try these simple steps. The can make a huge difference:
- Say 'hello' - simple human contact is vital for our general wellbeing.
- Ask - not everyone will ask for help, but it doesn’t mean they don’t need it.
- Medicines - ask if they have a good supply of medication to get through a period of severe weather or bank holidays. Offer to collect them.
- Shopping - in very cold or icy conditions it may be safer to stay indoors. Ask if you can get any essentials they need or to top up their gas or electric meter.
- Know the signs - not seen a neighbour for a while? Are their curtains always drawn? Is there milk still on the door step or mail in the door? They may need help. Don’t wait. Pop round and check if they are ok.
If you need to speak to someone urgently about a vulnerable adult.
- Report abuse: 0800 137 915
- Speak to our adult social care team:01296 383 204
- Outside office hours: 0800 999 7677
If it is an emergency and they need immediate help call 999
Seen someone sleeping rough?
- Rough sleepers over 18 years:
- send an alert to StreetLink.
- details will be sent to the local authority or outreach service for the area where you saw the person.
- They will try to find the person and connect them to support.
- Rough sleepers under 18 years:
- Call the police.
- Do not contact StreetLink
Be ready for floods and other emergencies
We work with the emergency services and utility companies to deal with most community emergencies. However some community self-help can ease the pressure and be better for local residents. Such as looking after fire evacuees in their community hall. How your community will help should be written in an emergency plan.
- Prepare for and respond to an emergency
- How to deal with a flood
- Put a community emergency plan place
- Make sure you business is prepared
Community action and volunteering
Guidance for individuals and volunteer groups who want to support people affected by severe weather