Snow scene city centre

Don’t be left in the cold

WITH forecasts of severe weather in the next week, Liverpool people are being urged to makes sure they are prepared for any cold snap.

There are very practical things that both individuals and communities can do to prepare for a winter weather, including cold, ice and snow, high winds and flooding. Advice is available at www.metoffice.gov.uk/learning/get-ready-for-winter.

If snow arrives information on the best ways to clear paths and avoid slips and trips is available from www.metoffice.gov.uk/learning/get-ready-for-winter/out-and-about/the-snow-code

The latest weather warnings can be viewed by visiting www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/warnings

Councillor Tim Moore, city council cabinet member, said: “As well  as making preparations for themselves I would ask residents to check on their neighbours and relatives who may be vulnerable to see if they need anything. This can be particularly important if the individual is unable to leave their home. Be a good neighbour and make sure nobody is left in the cold.”

• The city council has obtained a grant of just under £300,000 from the Department of Health’s ‘Warm Homes Healthy People’ fund to protect vulnerable individuals and communities from the effects of severe winter weather due to cold housing.

The grant will support a number of schemes including improving insulation and offer help with boiler repairs and central heating insulation. Warm packs will also be delivered to residents across the city.

A key element in the bid was tackling social isolation. Local community and residents groups will be supported to deliver services to help vulnerable residents by calling on them and helping them stay safe during extreme weather.