Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Fire and Rescue Service urges extra care during bad weather

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is urging drivers and residents to be extra vigilant during inclement weather. Strong winds could cause trouble in some areas of East Sussex and Brighton and Hove as a storm is expected to arrive in our area in the early hours of Friday morning and last until midday.

Glenn Jones Emergency Planning Officer at East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service  said.  

“The current forecast for Friday is for higher wind speeds across our area, so we are asking everyone to be prepared.

“By taking a little care and planning ahead, it is possible to minimise the risk and maximise safety.

Keep in touch with what’s happening at the Met Office website ”.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service would like to remind people of the following safety advice:

·         Plan your journey and check road conditions  before setting off
·         Ensure that your vehicles are in good condition, with tyres that have adequate tread, windscreen wipers in a serviceable condition
·         Drive at speeds that allow you to stop safely.

·         Take precautions by ensuring that any outdoor items such as toys, bins, ladders, and garden furniture are secured to prevent them being blown into the roads or through windows
·         Try to locate pets and bring them indoors if you can.

These organisations can be contacted if you have a problem which does not require an emergency response.
·         UK Power Networks
0800 31 63 105 to report a damaged power line on the ground or one hanging low.

·         East Sussex County Council

For problems on the roads: please ring the Highways Contact Centre on 0345 60 80 193 and leave a message or email
For out-of-hours emergencies affecting the roads in East Sussex, other than traffic accidents, please call our emergency out of hours service on 01323 644422.

·         Brighton and Hove City Council
Highways maintenance:
Tel: (01273) 292929
Twitter @bhcc_transport
Out of office hours environmental emergencies call 01273 292229.

·         Local Borough or District Councils
Find your local Council:

·         Environment Agency
For flood alerts please go to or call Floodline number 0845 988 1188 (24 hour service)

·         Sussex Police
Dial 101 when it is less urgent than 999. We would urge people to call the police when  there is a dangerous obstruction in the road, there are collisions or when you see a crime taking place

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