Rural communities are often home to the most vulnerable people as they are more cut off from services than anyone else. The good news though is that by using your own local knowledge and resources, you can prepare to help in the event that other services can’t.
We have put together some tips for how you can get prepared to make sure your local community is ready for any potential emergencies over the winter period.
If you are part of any community groups, i.e. Neighbourhood Watch or even Girl Guides or Boy Scouts clubs, put aside some time to plan what you can do in the case of a local emergency, and particularly the vulnerable people in your community.
The government offers winter fuel payments to help anyone born on or before 5 January 1952. Make sure those who are entitled are getting the payments and if not get more information at www.gov.uk/winter-fuel-payment.
Lend a hand with Grocery shopping and other tasks that other people in your community may find more difficult in the winter.
Clear away ice and snow from the paths, not just outside your own home, but also those who may find it harder or along routes that access local services. The MET office has produced a snow code to help you do this safely.
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