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Dorset Police Urge Us To Stay Safe In The Snow


5:20pm 17th January 2013

With large parts of the county set to experience heavy snow and icy conditions tomorrow, Dorset Local Resilience Forum is encouraging the public to take simple measures to ensure they stay safe and well.

Dorset Local Resilience Forum – an emergency planning group which is made up of agencies including Dorset Police, Dorset Fire and Rescue Service, NHS, South West Ambulance Service, local authorities and the Highways Agency – has put plans in place to increase preparedness for the anticipated severe wintry weather.

Current weather forecasts suggest that large parts of Dorset are expected to receive a significant amount of snowfall from early tomorrow morning, with the Met Office issuing amber snow warnings for Dorset.

Chief Inspector Nicky Searle of Dorset Police and member of the Local Resilience Forum said: “Multi-agency partners are making preparations for the severe weather and have put in place contingency plans to maximise the level of service that can be provided across the county.

“Local authorities are invoking emergency planning arrangements and the emergency services are sharing resources and enlisting voluntary assistance to ensure vehicles and personnel stand the best chance of reaching those in need.

“We would encourage members of the public to stay safe by following our advice.”

Motorists are being advised not to drive in snow or icy conditions unless it is absolutely necessary.

If motorists have to drive, ensure the vehicle is roadworthy for the conditions – check tyres, windscreen washers and wipers, lights, petrol and oil levels and that the heater works.

Make sure that any snow or ice is cleared from the windscreen and other windows of the vehicle before driving and carry warm clothing, a blanket and a flask containing a hot drink incase your vehicle breaks down or you become stranded.

For more advice about driving safely in wintry conditions please click here.

Members of the public are also being urged to ensure they stay healthy and well during the cold wintry weather. Make sure homes are well heated and check on elderly neighbours and relatives to make sure they are ok.

More advice is available on the NHS Dorset website. Go to Dorset.nhs.uk.

Gritters will be out in force across Dorset overnight to ensure the roads are as safe as possible.


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