27 December 2013
As stormy weather struck the UK, the Red Cross has been out supporting people through power cuts and flooding this week.
Thousands of homes were left without power in southern England as flooding and storms damaged power lines and left people in the cold for Christmas.
Support for evacuees
In the hard-hit Thames Valley area Red Cross volunteers visited 91 people left without power to help them stay warm and well. While, in Ferndown, Dorset, camp beds and duvets were supplied to a rest centre for 200 evacuees from a residential caravan park.
A second caravan park in Dorset, this time in Ayford Bridge, was evacuated at 4am on Christmas Day. Red Cross volunteers helped settle the 40 evacuees in to a rest centre at Boscombe Community Centre, providing them with warm clothes, hot drinks and food until alternative accommodation could be found.
Volunteers out in force
Our Fire and Emergency Support teams were also out in force in Cornwall, Hampshire, Surrey, Kent, Dorset and the Isle of Wight bringing hot drinks, blankets and support.
On Christmas Eve Red Cross volunteers helped staff three rest centres in Kent at Tonbridge, East Peckham and Maidstone.
In Surrey volunteers went to the aid of elderly people at a care home after they lost power.
The Red Cross's partnership with the UK Power Network proved invaluable across the south where volunteers called on vulnerable customers, bringing warm drinks, food and supplies to keep people safe and well.
Ready day and night
Simon Lewis, the head of Red Cross UK emergency planning and response said: "Up and down the country Red Cross volunteers and staff have been on hand throughout the day and night, ready to help people in need.
"Thank you to all our volunteers, many of whom have given up their own family celebrations to help others."
Check the Ready for Winter pages for more information on how to prepare for severe weather.