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Are You Winter Ready?

It's getting to that time again! Chilly weather, leaves falling off the trees and Christmas fast approaching. The Civil Contingencies Unit would like to direct readers to two websites that give very good health and travel advice for the winter period:

The met office seasonal advice, found at: https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/seasonal-advice gives readers ideas on how to prepare their homes and vehicles for cold and snowy weather. They provide tips on topics such as: what to do in a power cut, how to prevent frozen pipes and what to include in a winter kit for your car.

Meanwhile the NHS website, https://www.nhs.uk/staywell , provides expert advice on how to stay healthy during winter. They highlight the top ten winter illnesses and offer some tips for prevention and to alleviate symptoms.

We hope you find the advice above interesting and incorporate it into your plans this winter.

In Other News...

Somerset Rivers Authority has welcomed Emma Giffard and Dawn James as new Community Engagement Officers. They will be working with communities, businesses and landowners across Somerset, helping people to get better prepared against the risk of flooding.

They would like to hear from people in Somerset interested in building supportive networks – whether parish councils, individuals, businesses or other organisations affected directly or indirectly by flooding. West Somerset Flood Group is a good example of how local people can help each other. Working together also has other benefits, such as making it easier to communicate with flood risk authorities.

Some of Dawn and Emma’s other projects include:

• Adapting the Levels – A climate change adaptation project which will deliver natural flood management measures through a process of dialogue and design with local people.

• Community Flood Alert Systems – Areas that might benefit from a very localised, community-led flood warning system are invited to get in touch.

They also want to hear your ideas for projects that would help people to get better prepared against flooding, and better able to recover from it. You can contact them by email at: egiffard@somerset.gov.uk or djames@somerset.gov.uk, or by phone on 07890 581048 or 07976 697258.

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