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Cold weather plan for England

How everyone can prepare

The winter weather and snow can be fun for some, however it also brings an increase in illness and injuries, with cold weather increasing the risk of heart attacks, and flu; and snow and ice causing an increase in people slipping and falling, sometimes resulting in serious injuries.

There are some helpful tips and information available in the Public Health England ‘Keep Warm, Keep Well’  booklet and ‘Top tips for keeping warm and well’ containing advice on staying well in cold weather, covering issues such as financial help, healthy lifestyle, flu vaccination and heating.

During times of cold weather communities are encouraged to support the most vulnerable in their area, checking in on them during severe weather and offering them support. We produce a check sheet for preparing vulnerable persons for emergencies. Should you wish to be sent hard copies of this check sheet, please get in contact with us at

The Met Office provides further guidance for individuals, families and communities on winter preparations to help stay warm, healthy and safe, as part of the ‘Get Ready for Winter’ campaign.

Information for professionals

There is a cold weather plan for England, which is a framework intended to protect the population from harm to health from cold weather. It aims to prevent the major avoidable effects on health during periods of cold weather in England by alerting people to the negative health effects of cold weather, and enabling them to prepare and respond appropriately.

It recommends a series of steps to reduce the risks to health from cold weather for:

  • the NHS, local authorities, social care, and other public agencies
  • professionals working with people at risk
  • individuals, local communities and voluntary groups

You can view the following documents via the ‘related links’ area to the right of this page:

  • Cold Weather Plan for England
  • “Keep Warm, Keep Well” leaflet
  • Action card for individuals
  • Action card for health and social care staff
  • Action card for commissioners & local authorities
  • Action card for voluntary and community sector
  • Action card for GPs and practice staff
  • Action card for provider organisations
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