Storm safety advice

08 October 2018

What to do before, during and after a storm

Storm building with a tree

How to prepare for a storm

  • Secure loose objects in your grounds -  such as ladders, furniture or anything else that could be blown into windows and other glazing
  • Close and securely fasten doors and windows, particularly those on the windward side of the building and especially large doors such as those on garages
  • Park vehicles in a garage, if available; otherwise keep them clear of buildings, trees, walls and fences
  • Close and secure loft trapdoors with bolts, particularly if roof pitch is less than 30°
  • If your building is fitted with storm shutters over the windows then ensure that these are closed and fastened.

What to do during a storm

  • Stay indoors as much as possible
  • If you do go out, try not to walk or shelter close to buildings and trees
  • Keep away from the sheltered side of boundary walls and fences — if these structures fail, they will collapse on this side 
  • Do not go outside to repair damage while the storm is in progress 
  • If possible, enter and leave your building through doors in the sheltered side, closing them behind you
  • Open internal doors only as needed, and close them behind you
  • Do not drive unless your journey is really necessary
  • Take care when driving on exposed routes such as bridges, or high open roads, delay your journey or find alternative routes if possible
  • Slow down and be aware of side winds, particular care should be taken if you are towing or if you’re driving a high sided vehicle
  • Do not park cars near any seafront area as damage by waves and shingle blown from a beach can cause significant damage
  • Do not stand too near any seafront areas. The large waves are a danger. 

After the storm

  • Be careful not to touch any electrical/telephone cables that have been blown down or are still hanging 
  • Do not walk too close to walls, buildings and trees as they could have been weakened 
  • Make sure that any vulnerable neighbours or relatives are safe and help them make arrangements for any repairs.