Get Ready For Winter!

As winter sets in and the nights get colder, it's a good idea to make sure you have everything ready, whatever the weather throws at us!

On this page you'll find links to some of our partners weather advice, including tips on staying well through the winter from the NHS, where to get help during a flood from the National Flood Forum, and winter driving hints and tips from Devon County Council, Highways England and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.

Make sure you're following us and our partners on social media for all the latest news and updates.

Floods

Flooding can happen suddenly and with very little warning. It's estimated that 1 in 6 UK households are at risk of flooding - more than 5.2 million households.

The National Flood Forum has lots of information and advice for people at risk of flooding, including advice on insurance, preparing for a flood, and what to do before, during and after a flood.

The Environment Agency issues Flood Warnings in the UK. You can find out if you're at risk and sign up for automatic warnings on their website.

Stay Well this Winter

Winter pressures on the NHS this year are likely to be very high, due to the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19). We can all play our part in protecting the NHS by using it correctly and sensibly, and taking sensible precautions this winter.

This might be something as easy as speaking to your pharmacist before making an appointment with your GP, getting your flu jab in good time, and using walk-in centres for minor injuries instead of Emergency Departments.

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Weather Warnings and Seasonal Advice

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As well as weather warnings and advice, the Met Office also publish a wide range of information to help you deal with the worst the weather may have to throw at you.

Follow them on social media for the latest updates, weather warnings and extreme weather reports.

You can also download their App for your smartphone.

Winter Travel Advice from Devon County Council

The roads and highways in the South Hams are managed by Devon County Council.  Questions about gritting, snow wardens, grit bins and road safety should be directed to them.

DCC also publish lots of information about staying safe while travelling in the winter. Follow them on Social Media for regular updates about the road network around us.

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Winter Travel Advice from Highways England

Larger roads, including the the A38 and motorways, are managed by Highways England. On their website, you can find road safety hints and tips, including how to check your vehicle's tyres, oil, fuel and water.

You can also find travel information for the major roads.

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