Storms and Gales
Strong winds or gales are the most common cause of damage and disruption in the UK. The average cost of damage each year is at least £300 million.
The MET Office provides guidance on what to do before, during and after a storm to ensure your family and property are kept safe.
Before a storm
Make sure you stay up to date with severe weather warnings and prepare by:
- Secure loose objects that could be blown away
- Lock doors and windows, especially large doors such as those on garages
- Park vehicles in a garage if available, otherwise keep them clear of buildings, trees, walls and fences.
During a storm you should
- Stay indoors and do not go outside to repair damage
- Try not to walk or shelter close to buildings and trees
- Do not drive unless absolutely necessary. If you have to drive, slow down and be aware of side winds and exposed routes.
After the storm
- Be careful not to touch any electrical/telephone cables that have been blown down or are still hanging
- Do not walk too close to walls, buildings and trees as they could have been weakened
- Make sure that any vulnerable neighbours or relatives are safe and help them make arrangements for any repairs.