It made me think about what we can do to help ourselves and our community to be more prepared for the snow and cold this winter. Looking at the long range forcasts more snow is predicted and possibly around Christmas.
So, I though it might be helpful as a forum to put together a guidance note/checklist which we can refer to, setting out what we think are the essentials we need and things we should be doing as individuals/families and as a community to cope with further bad weather.
I'll kick it off and if we have enough input - I'll put together a checklist at the end of next week.
The checklist/questions could consist of a number of categories:
Does my boiler need servicing?
Back up heating (oil radiators are very good value for money and relatively cost effective)
Have I bled my radiators to ensure maximum efficiency?
Do my pipes need lagging?
Draught proof windows and doors
Where are my stop cocks? - are they labelled?
Can I isolate my outside tap?
Do I have a supply of candles, matches, torches and spare batteries?
Do I have a battery operated radio?
Do I have coal, oil,logs etc..?
What essentials should I have in my cupboard?
Long life milk
Stock up freezer:
Bird seed etc...
Ensure fresh supply of water
Yaktrax for shoes and boots
My Street - micro Communities:
Find out who your neighbours are
Do you have any elderly neighbours?
Do they need help during weather like this
Set up street support system
Invest in snow shovel
Clear your bit of the pavement
Do you need grit boxes
Have the grit boxes been replenished
Provide updates on VN
What can we ask local authorities to do
What can they do?
Clear snow from outside shops
Ensure that the Triangle has enough grit boxes and they are full
I would add that the list may need to be refined or looked at in a different way. At the moment it is my initial brain dump. If we get to something we like the look of we could circulate it to all the local community and business groups who can then circulate it to their mailing lists? Just a thought.
Edited by charlie, 04 December 2010 - 11:36 AM.