Gales are the most common cause of damage and disruption in the United Kingdom. The majority of damage reports come from domestic dwellings, where the average cost of damage each year is at least £300 million. When storms happen, they can lead to severe flooding, causing further damage and disruption.

Preparing for a Storm

  • Secure loose objects such as ladders, garden furniture or anything else that could be blown into windows and break them.
  • Close and securely fasten any doors and windows on the house.
  • Park vehicles in a garage, if available; otherwise keep them clear of buildings, trees, walls and fences.

During the Storm

  • Stay indoors as much as possible.
  • If you do go out, don’t walk or shelter close to buildings and trees.
  • Keep away from the sheltered side of boundary walls and fences. If these structures fail, they will collapse on this side.
  • Don’t go outside to repair damage while the storm is in progress.
  • If possible, enter and leave your house through doors in the sheltered side.
  • Open internal doors only as needed, and close them behind you.
  • If you have to drive, take care when driving on exposed routes such as bridges, or high open roads, delay your journey or find alternative routes if possible.
  • Slow down and be aware of side winds, particular care should be taken if you are towing or are a high sided vehicle.

After the Storm

  • Don’t touch any electrical/telephone cables that have been blown down or are still hanging.
  • Do not walk too close to walls, buildings and trees as they could have been weakened.
  • Make sure that any vulnerable neighbours or relatives are safe and help them make arrangements for any repairs.