Friday, 25 October 2013

Severe weather warning

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is on standby in preparation for the severe weather warning issued by the Met Office, which is due to arrive in the early hours of Monday morning (28th October).

Emergency planning meetings have been held in a bid to continue monitoring the situation.

The Service will be actively directing any safety enquires to the Met Office and the Highways Agency website, where members of the public and businesses can get the latest information.

All Service personnel have been kept fully informed of the situation and advised on necessary actions.

We will be working closely with the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership and other agencies to ensure the on-going safety of the community.

Residents are advised to take the following action in the severe weather:

  • Tether any items securely, or stow away in a secure location, before the weather hits and do not attempt to do this in gale force wind: especially trampolines and garden furniture.

  • Please avoid using country roads where trees have the potential to fall across the road.

  • In poor weather motorists should slow down, drive safely and leave adequate time for their journey.

  • When the road’s wet, it can take twice as long to stop. So it makes sense to slow down and maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front.

  • Ensure that your vehicle is fully serviced and that tyres maintain a deep tread and are correctly inflated.

  • If your vehicle loses its grip, or “aquaplanes” on surface water take your foot off the accelerator to slow down. Don’t brake or steer suddenly because you have no control of the steering or brakes.

  • Take extra care on the roads and plan your journeys in the windy weather by checking the latest conditions.

  • High-sided vehicles are particularly affected by windy weather but strong gusts can also blow a vehicle, cyclist, motorcyclist, or horse rider off course. This can happen on open stretches of road exposed to strong crosswinds, or when passing bridges, high-sided vehicles or gaps in trees.

  • Try to avoid driving through surface water as you might flood your engine. The deepest water is usually nearest the kerb.

  • If you have to drive through floods, drive slowly, use a low gear and try to keep the engine revving at a high rate. Move forward continuously to avoid stalling the engine. In driving an automatic vehicle engage and hold in a low gear.

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