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Winter weather advice
Protecting your home and belongings
You can help protect yourself and your belongings by preparing for severe weather.
Before severe weather
The most likely severe weather events in Jersey are strong storms. Before a storm, you should:
- put emergency supplies in a safe and easy-to-reach place
- move valuables and food upstairs or to the safest place in your home
- tie down or move garden furniture
- close windows, and draw the curtains to protect against flying glass
- protect doorways and low level vents with sandbags (make sure you turn off vents first)
- check where you can get sandbags, and consider buying some
- tell neighbours, family or friends if you're going to stay somewhere else during the bad weather
- park your car in the safest place possible: away from trees and high walls
During severe weather
During severe weather you should stay home, and keep to the safest part of the building – away from windows.
Listen to the radio and TV for updates and information.
Don't go out unless you really have to, and make sure someone knows where you are going and how long you will be.
After severe weather
Once the weather has passed:
- tell your landlord or insurers immediately if your home is damaged
- tell the supplier if water, gas or electricity mains are not working
- don't switch on electricity or gas until they've been inspected
If your home has been flooded, always assume that the flood water may be contaminated with sewage. You should:
- wear rubber gloves while cleaning up
- throw away any food that came into contact with flood water
- disinfect and dry out household items