1. Extreme weather
In the event of snow and ice conditions, information about affected services will be posted as soon as we receive updates. You can also keep updated by listening to your local radio stations, checking the weather conditions on the met office website and following us on Twitter.
- Winter services map - this map details where salt bins are located.
- Weather warnings
- School closure information will be updated as and when we are notified by the school,
- Bus disruptions, see the traveline website for updates,
- Revised bin collections information will be posted if affected.
Cold weather alerts
Please check the weather conditions for your area on the Met Office website.
Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP)
The Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) comes into effect when temperatures are forecast to reach zero degrees or lower for three successive nights or during other extreme weather events. Under the SWEP rough sleepers will be offered emergency accommodation by the borough and connected with our housing options service.
Please see the SWEP webpage for contact information and whether SWEP is currently active.
Berkshire Public Health Cold Weather Plan
The Berkshire Public Health Cold Weather Plan (CWP) provides the strategic overview for emergency preparedness, response and recovery in cold weather across the system. This document is supported by the borough’s winter service plan 2016/17.
Keeping warm in winter
More people get ill in winter and the number of deaths rises. There is a direct link between cold weather and the higher death rate, especially among older people and others in at-risk groups. Remember - winter needn't be dangerous if you take the right steps.
If there is anyone you know who might be at risk, for example, an older person living on their own, make sure they know what to do to stay warm and are well stocked with food and medications. You can find winter health advice on NHS Choices. If you are worried about your health or that of somebody you know, ring NHS 111.
Keep warm and stay well - there are also some practical tips that you can take to help keep warm and stay well this winter on the met office website, as well as a list of useful links.