How to prepare for winter

Tips on how you can be ready for whatever winter throws at you

With winter well on its way, do you know how to be best prepared for the months ahead? From identifying where your nearest grit bin is, to knowing what to do during a power cut – we've pulled together some helpful tips and links to make sure you're best prepared.


Weather warnings: Getting an early warning and staying informed can make a huge difference in your response and help you be prepared. Whether it's ensuring you're stocked up on food and medicines, planning your journey or being ready to clear snow from your property. For details on how to sign up for alerts, check our weather warnings and alerts webpage.

Gritting: We have 38 new gritters which will be salting many Surrey roads this winter, but we also provide grit bins at selected locations around the county which you can use to grit the road, pavements and other public paths. For more information on grit bins including checking where your nearest is and how to report an empty one, check our grit bins webpage.

Power, gas and water failure

In the event of a utilities failure, local authorities like Surrey County Council are responsible for working with the company who brings the supply to your door and health service providers to identify vulnerable people who are directly affected. Did you know you can sign up to a Priority Services Register so you can get extra help if there is a power or water supply cut? Find out more on our power outages webpage.


We have advice for businesses on preparing for flooding and on business continuity during any disruption including severe weather events. This includes a 10 minute checklist to help assess how prepared your business is. For more details visit our advice for businesses webpage.

More information

Our winter advice webpage has all the information you need this winter which includes information about schools in bad weather, how to report a highways issue, frozen and burst pipes and how to prepare your home for an emergency.

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