Winter Preparedness

During the winter there are steps you can take to protect yourself at home and on the roads.

Public Services across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire have combined to provide you with a range of information that you may find useful during the winter and severe weather including school closure alerts, weather and flooding alerts, advice on staying healthy and warm and information on bin collections, home safety and road safety. For more information please visit the Staffordshire Prepared website.

The information on this webpage will help you be prepared and will give guidance on what to do during severe weather.


Flooding is one of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent's highest risks.

Over 25,000 people in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent live in properties that are at risk of flooding.  Are you one of them?

The Environment Agency provide a range of useful online information services, including flood maps and up to date warnings in place across the UK.

For more information see the Staffordshire Prepared website or the Council's flooding page.

Staffordshire County Council is the Lead Local Authority for flooding.

School Closures

Schools are managed by Staffordshire County Council who publish a list of school closures on their website.


The gritting and salting of roads in Staffordshire is managed by Staffordshire County Council who publish the gritting routes on their website.

Health and Wellbeing

Winter conditions can be seriously bad for our health, especially for people aged 65 or over, and people with long-term conditions. The NHS website offers advice and guidance.

Severe winter weather

Over recent years the UK has seen significant periods of cold temperatures and snow, most notably in 2009-10 and 2010-11. Although not every winter has had significant snowfall it is sensible to be prepared as each winter approaches.  Below are some websites that hold useful information about preparing for winter.

You can also view the Cold Weather Plan for England on the website.

East Staffordshire Borough Council will ensure that information is posted on its website if there are any disruptions to services, during periods of severe winter weather.

Please visit the Met Office website for the latest weather updates.