Winter ready

Practical advice and guidance on how to help you and your family keep warm, healthy and safe during the winter period.

There are many types of severe weather events that can have a serious local impact in the UK. During the winter this may result in storms, gales, low temperatures and heavy snow.

The information below provides practical advice and guidance on how to help you and your family keep warm, healthy and safe during the winter period.

Preparing for winter

During snow or ice

  • Find the latest information on school closures in West Sussex.
  • Check the forecast from the Met Office and watch out for severe weather warnings.
  • Keep up to date with events by following WSCC news on Twitter and liking us on Facebook.
  • Keep your mobile phone fully charged.
  • Check that any elderly or disabled neighbours are managing in the cold weather - if you are worried about them, you can contact us.

Weather information

Advice on driving in adverse weather

  • Avoid driving in adverse weather conditions where possible.
  • If you have to drive in adverse weather, tell someone where you are going, check the route before you set off, and take a fully charged mobile phone with you.
  • If you come across floodwater and have to stop, do not take a chance by trying to drive through it. Find an alternative route.
  • If you become stranded in floodwater, stay in your vehicle unless there is a danger to life. In an emergency, call 999.
  • Ensure you have your car insurance details in your glovebox and saved on your mobile phone.
  • Be aware of hidden dangers in floodwater such as ditches and open manhole covers.

Travel information

Help your community

Other resources

Contact the Energy Saving Trust for free, impartial advice on reducing your heating bills and making your home more energy efficient.

Protect your business

Our Protect your business pages provide information on how to prepare a business continuity plan to help in the event of extreme weather.

Last updated:
12 February 2024
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