You can find practical and straight forward advice to help individuals and communities prepare for a range of winter weathers on the Met offices website in the Preparing for Winter section.
What can I do?
Advance preparation can help minimise the effects of a major emergency on you and your family. There are a number of things you can do to prepare: (see the downloads section at the bottom of this page for copies of these documents)
- Read our Emergency Planning Information brochure.
- Prepare a household emergency plan using our template
- Find out more about your local emergency services
- Learn about your home - how to turn off the power and water supplies. Involve your family or household, so they know too.
- Store important documents safely, and take copies.
In addition, you could learn some basic First Aid - visit the St Johns Ambulance website for more information.
Roads and travel
Updates about weather conditions, potential icy roads and gritting operations are being posted weekdays during the winter period on the official Leeds LCC press office Twitter feed.
For realtime traffic and travel updates for Leeds visit Leeds Travel Info or the LeedsTravelInfo Twitter feed.
Visit the Where I live section using the link on the top of this page to find out where your nearest grit bin is.
Grit bins can be reported by visiting www.leeds.gov.uk/iceandsnow. A team will attend when resources become available but keeping the roads clear is our priority. If you live in a Leeds City Council sheltered housing scheme or high rise, please contact your local Housing Office.
Visit our Ice and snow clearing page for more information about winter driving - http://www.leeds.gov.uk/iceandsnow
Please see the Flooding page in related pages below.
To see if your property is at risk from river flooding - refer to the Environment Agency Flooding website ( see external links section on the right hand side of this page)
The most important things to do are to draw up and practice a fire evacuation plan for your home, so you and your family know what to do if there is a fire.
- Make sure everyone knows how to call the Fire Brigade by dialling 999
- Consider alternative routes out of your house in case the fire blocks your normal exits
- What will you take with you as you escape from the building? Do you have a Emergency grab bag?
- Where will you all meet?
- Remember- there is very little time in a fire. There is very little visibility in a fire. There is very little air to breathe in a fire.
- So get out of the building as fast as you can
Other useful publications
You can find further information in the external links on the right hand side of this page or in the downloads tab below.