Sent: 11 January 2022 11:17
Subject: OFFICIAL: Level 2 Cold Weather Alert for London from 1800 Thursday 13 Jan – 0900 Monday 17 Jan
Sent to: Croydon Council Members | Council Silver | Croydon Council Weather Warning Group | Corporate Leadership Team | Members of the Croydon Resilience Forum
The Met Office has issued a Level 2 ‘Alert and Readiness’ Cold Weather Alert for London. There is a 60% probability of severe cold weather between 1800 on Thursday 13 Jan and 0900 on Monday 17 Jan in London.
This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services. Prolonged periods of cold weather can be dangerous, especially for older people, those with underlying health conditions, and young children. This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services.
COVID-19 is likely to amplify the risks of cold weather. Fear of COVID-19 should not prevent action to tackle the risks from cold temperatures and winter weather. It is critical that actions to prevent health harms from cold temperatures and winter weather continue – including identifying and supporting those at risk – with necessary adaptations in line with coronavirus guidance to keep everyone safe.
Key Communication Lines for Social Media for use by partners:
- UKHSA’s Cold Weather Communications Toolkit 2021-22 (see attached) designed as a helpful guide to be used and adapted locally and to form part of exist local communication strategies (also available on Resilience Direct)
- Advice on keeping warm: Keep Warm, Keep Well leaflet – attached (also available on Resilience Direct)
- Additional graphics can be downloaded here: Social Statics [ZIP] | Campaign Resource Centre (phe.gov.uk)
- Explainer blog: Responding to the challenge of cold weather and winter
In line with the London Severe Weather and Natural Hazards Framework there will be no partnership coordination activity until a Level 3 Cold Weather alert is issued.
Operational Preparedness & Response:
- The Council’s usual on-call/duty officers (CCTV, Highways and Duty Resilience Advisor) will be monitoring the situation over the coming hours and initiating any responses where required.
- Your action:
- Ensure that you cascade this alert to the stakeholders that you are responsible for notifying, as per the attached communications cascade.
If you have questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact the Corporate Resilience Team
Abbie Cartmell (she/her)
Duty Resilience Advisor
Corporate Resilience Team
Policy, Programmes and Performance Division
Assistant Chief Executive’s Directorate
Bernard Weatherill House, Mint Walk, Croydon, CR0 1EA
Tel: Internal 52827 | External 0208 255 2827 | Mobile 07597 393 449 |