Storm advice from Northumberland County Council
Following the Met Office’s weather warnings regards Storm Dudley and Storm Eunice that are expected Wednesday 16 February through to Friday 18 February, the county council wishes to reassure you that the council and partners are preparing for these storms as much as possible to support communities.
There are some things residents and businesses can do in preparation for a storm to protect themselves, others and their properties including:
- Secure loose objects such as ladders, garden furniture or anything else that could be blown into windows and other glazing and break them
- Close and securely fasten doors and windows, particularly those on the windward side of the house, and especially large doors such as those on garages
- Park vehicles in a garage, if available; otherwise keep them clear of buildings, trees, walls and fences
- Close and secure loft trapdoors with bolts, particularly if roof pitch is less than 30°
- If the house is fitted with storm shutters over the windows, then ensure that these are closed and fastened
- If chimney stacks are tall and in poor condition, move beds away from areas directly below them
- Avoid travelling during the windiest periods (tomorrow – Wednesday – lunchtime/evening/night, and then again on Friday) when conditions could be really poor, and there is a risk of trees falling
- Stay off the hills and off the water
- Be prepared for a power cut – check you’ve got batteries for torches and radios, some food that doesn’t need cooking
- Charge mobile phones and any power pack back up
There is also some helpful advice via the Met Office here > Stay safe in a storm – Met Office
What we have done so far
A Storm Dudley preparation group has been set up which brings together key officers from across the council to ensure all service areas are prepared to support communities should it be needed.
Service areas linked in with our most vulnerable residents are liaising with residents and families to ensure they are prepared and feel supported.
A dedicated webpage has been set up which will hold all information. You can view this at www.nland.uk/StormSupport
Communication will be shared with parishes, churches, schools and community halls to ensure they have all relevant information as you have here.
We would also ask you use the normal council channels to report any issues (such as fallen trees via the website) and by phone via 0345 600 6400.