Most of us know the weather in the UK can change very quickly whether it is the middle of summer or winter. North West Leicestershire District Council together with other agencies within the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Local Resilience Forum (LLR Prepared) take steps to warn and inform you in the local communities of any weather warnings.
The Met Office provide weather warnings for the UK and these are often seen and heard on the various media channels. By going to http://www.metoffice.gov.uk you can receive up to date weather reports and in times of particularly bad weather by going to the severe weather warning page can get a more detailed forecast especially relating to wind, rain, snow, ice and fog.
Other agencies also respond to severe weather no matter what form it takes. The National Health Service (NHS) each year produce a heatwave plan for the summer and a cold weather plan for the winter to assist and advise people. The Cold Weather Plan is currently available as detailed below.
The plan is to reduce winter deaths and illness by raising public awareness and triggering actions in the NHS, public health, social care and other community and voluntary organisations to support people who have vulnerability to the cold. The plan is found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cold-weather-plan-cwp-for-england
In times of heavy or persistent rain, the Environment Agency will issue flood alerts or warnings through various media sites. Members of the public can also register with the Environment Agency to receive these warnings directly. This is especially useful if you live in a high risk area of flooding. Again this can be identified through the website using your postcode or address, see Flood Warnings Information
The Environment Agency website http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/31624.aspx will also give useful advice to people on flood prevention and mitigation in areas at risk
The National Flood Forum is an independent body that gives advice to people living with the threat of flooding. They can be contacted at http://floodforum.org.uk/
Last updated: Wed 20 January, 2016 @ 13:44