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Source: Aisle of Wight

02 Dec 2019 Last updated at 10:00

Island residents are being reminded of key advice for cold weather following a Met Office forecast for this week.

The Met Office advises there is a 60 per cent probability of severe cold weather between 6am on Tuesday 3 December and 9am on Thursday 5 December in the south east of England., including the Island.

This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services.

The Isle of Wight Council has robust and tested cold weather emergency arrangements in place. Island Roads monitors the weather accordingly to ensure that key main roads are gritted and kept clear.

However, the best advice is to make sure in adverse weather conditions, you only go out if really necessary and keep warm in your homes and check on vulnerable neighbours, such as the ill and the elderly.

Important guidance and tips on preparing for and what to do in cold weather can be found at: https://www.iwight.com/Council/OtherServices/Winter-Weather-Advice/Cold-Weather-Alert1  

You can check the latest forecast details at the following link:
https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/#?tab=map  

Advice from the NHS to keep warm and well:
https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/keep-warm-keep-well/

Homelessness provision

With weather alerts in place for the Isle of Wight and dropping temperatures, the winter shelter provision delivered by the Salvation Army provides warmth, food and shelter to anyone (18 years +) that find themselves without a place to stay.

If you are aware or in contact with someone without somewhere to stay, please encourage them to contact either the council’s Housing Team on (day time: (01983) 823040 or out of hours: (01983) 821105) or the Salvation Army (01982) 812743.

Individuals 16 years + with no place to stay can also contact the Housing Team.

If you are concerned about someone sleeping rough, you can also send an alert to Streetlink by visiting www.streetlink.org.uk , via the mobile app, available for Apple and Android devices, or by calling 0300 500 0914 – this will connect them to local services and support.

If you suspect someone is in immediate risk, harm or danger from sleeping rough, please telephone the police on 999.

Factfile

  • The Met Office is indicating a 60 per cent probability of severe cold weather.

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