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Red Cross urges people to check on their neighbours this winter

27 November 2013

As Britain braces itself for cold winter weather, the British Red Cross’ latest research reveals that only half the people in the UK believe they have friends or neighbours they could turn to in an emergency. Forty five per cent claim they do not feel prepared for severe weather.

The charity’s Get Ready for Winter campaign is encouraging people to look after themselves and others to minimise the impact of extreme weather in communities across the country.

Everybody needs good neighbours

The Red Cross surveyed over 2,000 people last month. Simon Lewis, head of emergency response, said: “With only 41 per cent of people saying they would know which neighbour would most need help in an emergency, it is vital that we take time to support those around us.

“Clearing snow or ice from pathways for those who can’t do it themselves, or helping others put together emergency kits could make a big difference when severe weather sets in.”

Prepare for power cuts

Winter conditions are often the cause of power cuts. It’s therefore important to include essentials such as a hard copy of contact numbers, insurance details and a wind-up or battery-operated radio in emergency kits to provide quick access to important information.

For more advice on how to better cope in extreme weather or to download a first aid app go to