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Partner agencies across Cleveland are working together to prepare for Storm Dudley and Storm Eunice and the weather warnings in place this week.
Under the banner of the Local Resilience Forum (LRF), multi-agency meetings have taken place to ensure a coordinated response to help vulnerable people impacted by the strong winds and storm conditions.
Storm Dudley is expected to impact the Cleveland area from this afternoon, with potential 60-70mph gusts and Storm Eunice is going to impact much of the UK on Friday. Agencies across the area will prioritise incidents to get to those most in need and the communities most impacted from the weather.
Chair of the LRF, Tony Hanson, said: “Agencies working as part of the Local Resilience Forum have been preparing for both storms and the increase in demand from the public that comes from weather incidents of this nature.
“Partner agencies across Cleveland are well versed in working together on plans like this, but we do need to prioritise resources to those most in need during the storm conditions. We would ask people to take steps to secure any loose items outside the home or in gardens and only travel if necessary, whilst tuning into the latest updates and media. If you have elderly or vulnerable neighbours, friends or family, we ask that you help them be prepared and know who to call if they need help.”
Residents are being asked to make themselves aware of the key contacts and ensure any vulnerable people are aware and prepared.
To report a power cut or for the latest information visit northernpowergrid.com/power-cuts, visit social media @northpowergrid or call Northern Powergrid on 105 – please only call if your query is urgent to help prioritise the most vulnerable customers.
If there are damaged overhead power lines or other equipment don’t approach the area but report it on 105.
Damage caused by the weather?
Local authority teams and partners will be working hard to prioritise jobs so please only consider reporting storm damage which is causing an imminent danger to the public or damage that is blocking the highways or footpaths. Please report through your local authority website in the first instance. Visit your local authority website for further information.
If you need to speak to your local council about other damage, please consider reporting non-urgent damage repair next week once the storms have passed.
Water supply issues?
For water supply issues or if you need to speak to someone urgently, please call Northumbrian Water on 0345 7171100 or visit @nwater_care for the latest updates. Customers who need additional help during a storm, such as elderly family members or neighbours, can sign up for priority services by visiting nwl.co.uk/priority
Visit www.cleveland.police.uk to report a road traffic collision where someone is injured, or to report a crime or incident in the first instance. Call 101 if you are concerned for your safety or the safety of someone you know. Please only call 999 in an emergency. Officers are supporting the multi-agency response, and will prioritise the response based on immediate need during the storms.
Keep up-to-date with the weather at www.metoffice.gov.uk
Traffic and road updates
Look and listen out for updates on your local news channels as they will keep you updated on any changes on the storm activity.