LEVEL 2 Cold weather warning issued for Kent


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Level 2 cold weather alert has been announced from Monday 26th February for Kent by the Met Office, Level 2 weather alerts triggers an important stage for social and healthcare services including the NHS who will be working to ensure readiness to support vulnerable people who have health, housing or economic circumstances that increase their risk of harm.

As cold and wintry weather predicted over the next few days and beyond, families across Kent are being urged to prepare and follow a few simple measures to keep their loved ones safe and healthy.

The alerts warn that there is an 80% probability of severe cold weather in the South East of England between Friday morning (23 February) and Monday 26 February. The forecast warns it will be getting progressively colder with widespread overnight frost, low day temperatures and an increasing wind chill from the east as winds strengthen. Frequent snow showers also become more likely from Sunday onwards.

Prolonged cold weather can be a risk for anyone although vulnerable people, including the elderly are particularly at risk

Prepare your emergency kit

Preparing yourself for cold weather is very important, emergency services will be in high demand so having things to hand to help yourself could save lives take a look at our guide to all the essential items you’ll need in an emergency, when cold and severe weather strikes – for your home, on the move, and in the car.

What to have at home

How long could you last without power, heat, water and a trip to the shops? Take time now to put these essential items into a kit:

  • list of emergency contact numbers

  • battery operated torch and spare batteries (or a wind-up torch)

  • battery operated radio and spare batteries (or a wind-up radio)

  • any essential medication, some toiletries and a first aid kit

  • three days’ supply of bottled water and ready-to-eat food that won’t spoil

  • copies of important documents, such as insurance policies and birth certificates

  • pencil, paper, penknife and whistle

  • spare keys to your home and car

  • spare glasses or contact lenses

  • if needed - pet supplies

What to take on the move

Whether you’re travelling by car, foot or any other type of transport, check the weather forecast and pack these items:

  • suitable clothes for the weather, such as winter boots with grips, warm clothing or waterproofs

  • ready-to-eat food, a warm drink in a flask and bottled water

  • mobile phone and charger

  • any essential medication

  • spare glasses or contact lenses

  • cash and credit cards

  • list of emergency contact numbers

What to keep in the car

Before you set off, make sure you have the following:

  • ice-scraper and de-icer

  • snow shovel

  • map for unplanned diversions

  • blanket and warm clothes

  • ready-to-eat food, High energy/protein snacks such as fruit and nuts,

  • a warm drink in a flask and bottled water

  • first aid kit

  • battery operated torch and spare batteries (or a wind-up torch)

  • battery operated radio and spare batteries (or a wind-up radio)

  • jump leads. 

More information is available about how to keep yourself and others safe during cold weather through the following websites

www.kent.gov.uk/winterhealth

www.n.hs.uk/Livewell/winterhealth/Pages/Verycoldweather.aspx

People are urged not to go to A&E or call 999 unless it’s an emergency. If you are in any doubt, NHS111 can help you get the right treatment.

The free web app Health Help Now can be used to check symptoms or to find out when and where local services are open. It can also be downloaded to mobile phones, tablets, laptops and desktop computers from http://kent.healthhelpnow.nhs.uk/

Or you can call the Wrinkly Helpline on 0330 122 8803


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