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COUNCIL ISSUE COLD WEATHER ADVICE AS THE ISLAND PREPARES FOR SNOW

Island residents are being reminded of key advice for cold weather ahead of the anticipated snowfall expected on the Isle of Wight later today (Thursday).

IW Met Service have issued a yellow weather warning for snow with 3-5cm possible in central and western parts of the Isle of Wight. This expected bout of weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services.

The Isle of Wight Council say they have robust and tested cold weather emergency arrangements in place. In addition, 4×4 arrangements are in place to ensure that key council staff such as those in social care are able to continue to deliver services within the community.

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Island Roads are monitoring the weather to ensure that key main roads are gritted and kept clear. Gritters are out on the roads this afternoon, as previously reported.

One of the main pieces of advice is to make sure in adverse weather condition, you only go out if really necessary and keep warm in your homes and check on vulnerable neighbours, such as the ill and the elderly.

Important guidance and tips on preparing for and what to do in cold weather can be found at https://www.iwight.com/Council/OtherServices/Winter-Weather-Advice/Cold-Weather-Alert1.

Homelessness provision

With weather alerts in place for the Isle of Wight and dropping temperatures, the winter shelter provision delivered by The Salvation Army provides warmth, food and shelter to anyone (18 years+) that find themselves without a place to stay.

If you are aware or in contact with someone without somewhere to stay, encourage them to contact either the Isle of Wight Council Housing Team on (day time: 01983 823040 or out of hours: 01983 821105) or The Salvation Army (01982 812743). Individuals 16 years + with no place to stay can also contact The IOW Housing Team.

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If you are concerned about someone sleeping rough, you can also send an alert to Streetlink by visiting www.streetlink.org.uk , via the mobile app, available for Apple and Android devices, or by calling 0300 500 0914 – this will connect them to local services and support.

If you suspect someone is in immediate risk, harm or danger from sleeping rough, telephone the Police on 999.


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