What can we learn from Storm Eunice? If there is a Weather Warning:
- Fully charge your computers, phones etc. ahead of time. Remember you can use your car to charge these, make sure you have the correct adaptors.
- Fill a flask.
- If your water is pumped, ensure you have sufficient stored water.
- Buy torches, candles, matches and batteries in advance and get them out.
- If you expect a power cut (storm / high winds) or if there is lightning in the area, turn off your PC and other delicate electrical items because a power surge can damage them.
- Switch off your appliances, so they do not start working in the event you’re out when the power comes back on.
- If the power goes off, try to limit opening the freezer and fridge.
- If the power goes off, keep warm by wrapping up in extra layers of clothes, blankets, duvets etc.
- Please stay safe, do not put yourself or others at risk by using unsafe forms of heat e.g. barbeques and patio gas stoves indoors.
- Have emergency numbers to hand.
- Western Power have posted details to affected homes outlining the process for automatic compensation, without any requirement to make individual claims.
- Storm Eunice was a category 2 storm so:
- After the first 48 hours without power you are eligible for £70 compensation.
- There will then be another £70 for every further 12 hours.
- All eligible customers will receive a letter and a compensation payment based on the eligibility criteria set by Ofgem.
- You should receive that within ten working days.
- Storm Eunice was a category 2 storm so:
Western Power Distribution – Storm Eunice: Ofgem’s Guaranteed Standards Compensation Scheme
- Store and secure outside items so they do not become a danger to you or to others.
- Take care of your pets, keep indoors if possible. If shutting chickens in etc., ensure they have ventilation, food and water.
- Be flood aware and find out how to prepare. If your home starts to flood call the Environment Agency on 0345 988 1188 (24 hour).
- Collect your medications and essential supplies beforehand so you don’t need to travel.
- Avoid travel, unless absolutely necessary.
- If you do have to make a journey be prepared:
- Take extreme care.
- Take coat, sturdy boots and warm clothes in case you break down or have to leave your vehicle.
- Expect road closures and disruption due to fallen trees and debris.
- Expect road damage and hedges to be collapsed.
- Expect falling tiles / branches / trees and flying debris.
- Expect difficult driving conditions e.g. strong winds and driving rain.
- Rail and bus services were disrupted, always check before leaving home.
- Please stay safe and do not do anything to put yourself or others at risk.
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- Local radio updates www.heart.co.uk/cornwall/news/traffic-travel
- Facebook, Next Door, Twitter etc.
- Contact your neighbours:
- To establish whether your issue is an isolated case.
- To look out for and check on vulnerable neighbours.
- Postal and rubbish collection services were disrupted. Please safely store your rubbish for next collection.
- If you find yourself in a situation where you believe you are in danger, call 999.
- Please contact NHS 111 first, unless you have a serious or life-threatening injury or illness.
- Cornwall Council’s emergency line is: 01872 323752 Offers support and advice and passes specific needs on to other agencies or departments.
- Cornwall’s 24/7 NHS Mental Health support line 0800 038 5300 FREE 24 hour, if you’re worried about your own or someone else’s mental health..
- Report a fallen tree blocking a road or causing danger. Inform the owner, one of our parish councilors or call Cornwall Council on 0300 1234 222 (24 hour), or www.cornwall.gov.uk/report-something/
- If the tree has pulled down / damaged cables / poles these could be live. Do NOT touch them. Contact Western Power Distribution.
- To report a power cut Western Power are our energy supplier call 105, www.westernpower.co.uk firstname.lastname@example.org
- Home flooding – call the Environment Agency on 0345 988 1188 (24 hr). Report flooding to the Environment Agency Incident hotline 0800 80 70 60 (24hr).
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Thank You. Stay Safe.