As winter is just around the corner, preparations are well under way to try and make sure Liverpool can cope with the worst of the weather.
The city council and its partners – including power companies, social housing providers and community and health services such as Public Health England – are working together to share information and help communities become more resilient.
They campaign every year to remind people, especially the most vulnerable and those working with them, about the importance of staying fit and healthy in the winter by ,for example, getting a flu vaccination.
Council contractors are also mapping their most important access routes in and around the city to help keep traffic problems to a minimum and make sure roads are cleared and gritted as promptly and effectively as possible to help keep Liverpool moving.
While these preparations are taking place, it’s important that people are aware that a little extra planning they can do themselves can go a long way. Checking the weather forecasts, helping plan and minimising trips during bad weather and ensuring you have adequate supplies at home can make a world of difference.
The importance of keeping warm, by, for example, using layers of clothes and having regular warm drinks goes without saying.
But some people understandably, are very conscious of their energy bills and are wary of switching their heating on. Advice and information about on energy efficiency, debt and financial advice will be available at the Annual Winter Survival Community Event to be held at St George’s Hall on 18 November along with tips on healthy living and keeping active along with a whole host of giveaways.
Councillor Steve Munby, cabinet member for neighbourhoods, said: “The council and our partners are not only making their own preparations for winter but are liaising with each other so we can be more effective. However, we can all play our part, not only for ourselves but in looking out for vulnerable neighbours and lending a helping hand when the weather turns cold.
“With a little effort and care we can all be ready whatever the winter has in store for us.”