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Severe Weather Warning for 19th March 2018

For the attention of Council Management Team, Public Health Team, Health Protection Forum Members and previously nominated team members from local authority services.

The Met Office has issued a level 2 (alert and readiness) cold weather warning for the period between 0900 Local Time on Friday 16 Mar and 0900 Local Time on Monday 19 March in parts of England.

  1. What does this cold weather warning mean?

Level 2 is declared when the Met Office forecasts a 60% risk of severe winter weather in one or more defined geographical area in the days that follow. This usually occurs two to three days ahead of the event. A level 2 alert is issued when a mean temperature of 2°C is predicted for at least 48 hours, with 60% confidence, and/or widespread ice and heavy snow is forecast, with the same confidence. You should refer to the Public Health England Cold Weather Plan 2017

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cold-weather-plan-cwp-for-england

  1. . What is the risk in Southampton?

The risk specifically for South East England is 70%.

 

The weather forecast for Southampton during this period is can be viewed using the following links http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/southampton-southampton#?tab=fiveDay and http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2637487

Organisations are advised to continue to monitor the local situation, consider implementing precautionary measures as indicated below and expect further information from the Emergency Planning Duty Officer if the risk changes.

  1. What actions should I consider for a level 2 cold weather warning?

 

Please refer to the table and action cards below.

 

There are 5 levels in the Met Office cold weather warning system, they are summarised in the table below:

Level 0

Year-round planning

All year

Level 1

Winter preparedness and action programme

1st November to 31st March

Level 2

Severe winter weather forecast – Alert and readiness

Mean temperature of 2°C and/or widespread ice and heavy snow are predicted within 48 hours, with 60% confidence

Level 3

Response to severe winter weather - Severe weather action

Severe winter weather is now occurring: mean temperature of 2°C and/or widespread ice and heavy snow

Level 4

Major Incident – emergency response

Central Government will declare a Level 4 alert in the event of severe or prolonged cold weather affecting sectors other than health

 

Please refer to the action cards in the Public Health England Cold Weather Plan;

 

Commissioners (health and social care) and local authorities: h https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/468145/CVS_action_card_commissioners_21October_2014_.pdf

Provider organisations (health and social care, community services, hospitals, care homes and prisons):

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/468146/CVS_action_card_providers_17_October_2014.pdf

 

Frontline health and social care staff in community and care facilities:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/468147/VCS_action_card_professional_staff_21October_2014.pdf

 

GPs and practice staff:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/468148/VCS_action_card_GPs_17October_2014.pdf

 

Individuals:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/468149/VCS_action_card_individuals_17October_2014.pdf

 

Community and voluntary sector:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/468150/VCS_action_card_21October_2014.pdf

Please forward this information as necessary within your services/ departments. A reminder that we are responsible as a local authority for ensuring a cascade of information to the following and that it has previously been agreed that the onward cascade would be initiated by those of you responsible for these services:

  • Health and Wellbeing Boards (Public Health will notify the Chair)
  • Social services
  • Day care centres
  • Residential homes and children's homes
  • Schools and nurseries
  • Children's centres
  • Voluntary organisations including those who provide winter warmth advice ("SVS" copied in for distribution)

‘If people have concerns about keeping warm and well please refer or signpost to the Southampton Healthy Homes service for information and advice on 0800 804 8601 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm) More information: www.environmentcentre.com/healthy-homes

For the attention of Council Management Team, Public Health Team, Health Protection Forum Members and previously nominated team members from local authority services.

The Met Office has issued a level 2 (alert and readiness) cold weather warning for the period between 0900 Local Time on Friday 16 Mar and 0900 Local Time on Monday 19 March in parts of England.

  1. What does this cold weather warning mean?

Level 2 is declared when the Met Office forecasts a 60% risk of severe winter weather in one or more defined geographical area in the days that follow. This usually occurs two to three days ahead of the event. A level 2 alert is issued when a mean temperature of 2°C is predicted for at least 48 hours, with 60% confidence, and/or widespread ice and heavy snow is forecast, with the same confidence. You should refer to the Public Health England Cold Weather Plan 2017

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cold-weather-plan-cwp-for-england

  1. . What is the risk in Southampton?

The risk specifically for South East England is 70%.

 

The weather forecast for Southampton during this period is can be viewed using the following links http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/southampton-southampton#?tab=fiveDay and http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2637487

Organisations are advised to continue to monitor the local situation, consider implementing precautionary measures as indicated below and expect further information from the Emergency Planning Duty Officer if the risk changes.

  1. What actions should I consider for a level 2 cold weather warning?

 

Please refer to the table and action cards below.

 

There are 5 levels in the Met Office cold weather warning system, they are summarised in the table below:

Level 0

Year-round planning

All year

Level 1

Winter preparedness and action programme

1st November to 31st March

Level 2

Severe winter weather forecast – Alert and readiness

Mean temperature of 2°C and/or widespread ice and heavy snow are predicted within 48 hours, with 60% confidence

Level 3

Response to severe winter weather - Severe weather action

Severe winter weather is now occurring: mean temperature of 2°C and/or widespread ice and heavy snow

Level 4

Major Incident – emergency response

Central Government will declare a Level 4 alert in the event of severe or prolonged cold weather affecting sectors other than health

 

Please refer to the action cards in the Public Health England Cold Weather Plan;

 

Commissioners (health and social care) and local authorities: h https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/468145/CVS_action_card_commissioners_21October_2014_.pdf

Provider organisations (health and social care, community services, hospitals, care homes and prisons):

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/468146/CVS_action_card_providers_17_October_2014.pdf

 

Frontline health and social care staff in community and care facilities:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/468147/VCS_action_card_professional_staff_21October_2014.pdf

 

GPs and practice staff:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/468148/VCS_action_card_GPs_17October_2014.pdf

 

Individuals:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/468149/VCS_action_card_individuals_17October_2014.pdf

 

Community and voluntary sector:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/468150/VCS_action_card_21October_2014.pdf

Please forward this information as necessary within your services/ departments. A reminder that we are responsible as a local authority for ensuring a cascade of information to the following and that it has previously been agreed that the onward cascade would be initiated by those of you responsible for these services:

  • Health and Wellbeing Boards (Public Health will notify the Chair)
  • Social services
  • Day care centres
  • Residential homes and children's homes
  • Schools and nurseries
  • Children's centres
  • Voluntary organisations including those who provide winter warmth advice ("SVS" copied in for distribution)

‘If people have concerns about keeping warm and well please refer or signpost to the Southampton Healthy Homes service for information and advice on 0800 804 8601 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm) More information: www.environmentcentre.com/healthy-homes

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