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Get ready for winter

If you know someone who needs support during the cold weather, please contact your nearest Salvation Army church or centre via our map page here.

Get Ready for Winter is a partnership offering help and advice to individuals, families and communities.

This winter keep updated with the latest weather information via the Met Office.

Top tips for keeping safe in the cold weather...

Gather together the following items and pack in your vehicle at the start of the winter season, you never know when you might need them!

1. Have ready a small emergency kit in your home and in your car:

  • A battery radio, with local radio stations tuned in, and battery torch  - don't forget spare batteries
  • A first-aid kit
  • Bottled water and long-life, ready-to-eat food, with a can opener if needed
  • Warm clothes and blankets
  • Toiletries and prescription medication
  • A blanket and extra jumpers
  • Sunglasses (the glaze off snow can be dazzling)
  • Jump Leads
  • Ice scraper and de-icer

2. Keep a stiff broom and a shovel near your front door in case the path needs to be cleared.

3. Find out more and how you can help others keep safe in your community via Get Ready For Winter.

4. Keep an eye out for older and vulnerable people who may need some extra support.

Is your vehicle ready for winter?

Check your vehicle is in good running order before you set out and consider regular servicing to help minimise the risk. Use this POWDERY (imagine powdery snow) checklist as a good reminder:

  • PETROL (or diesel). Have you got enough? Do you know where to fill up?
  • OIL - check levels once a month
  • WATER - check radiator and screenwash once a month
  • DAMAGE - check wipers, lights etc for signs of wear and tear or damage
  • ELECTRICS - check lights, indicators and controls are working properly
  • RUBBER TYRES - are they well inflated, legal, with good tread and free from damage?
  • YOURSELF - are you fit to drive? Have you slept well? Are you taking any medication(s) that could make it unsafe for you to drive?

If you are planning to travel with pets, ensure that animals are safe and secure, and will not be a distraction to people travelling in your vehicle.


Grab your Emergency Kit Bag list - It should contain essential information and items, be small, waterproof, kept in a safe place and easy to find

Social media

Follow the Get Ready For Winter campaign on Twitter and Facebook using #winterready and #weatheraware

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