Advice for cold snap

Published: 14 Jan 2013 09:300 comments

A CHARITY is urging people to prepare after weather experts warned of freezing temperatures and blankets of snow. The British Red Cross, which has emergency teams on standby when extreme weather is forecast, is encouraging people to stay prepared as part of a nationwide campaign, Ready For Winter.

The charity's emergency planning and response manager in the Thames Valley, Kaye Howard, said: "With a weather warning in place across our area it is vital people get ready to deal with adverse conditions. Taking simple steps to prepare makes a massive difference and could, in extreme circumstances, help save

a life.

"Putting together an emergency kit to take with you on the move or keep at home is a great way to start - being sure to include items such as a torch, spare batteries, emergency contact details, a bottle of water and, if travelling by car, consider taking a shovel."

People should also regularly check for changing weather patterns, plan for ways to keep warm and download the British Red Cross first aid mobile phone app at www.redcross.org.uk/mobileapp

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