Emergency plans and advice

Severe weather

Extreme weather conditions may occur at any time of the year and can range from rain, thunderstorms, wind, snow, lightning, ice, fog and heatwaves. It is important to be aware during these periods of extreme weather. Find out where to get information and advice on severe weather.

Hot weather

19 - 22 July 2021

Parts of the UK are expected to experience a heatwave this week. As temperatures in Newham rise, please take a look at the advice available on how to stay safe during this time.

You can find useful advice on how to prevent heat-related illness and death on the Government's website.

For more information on how to cope in hot weather, visit the NHS Choices website.

If anyone is concerned about a rough sleeper then they should be encouraged to contact Streetlink by calling 0300 500 0914 or via the Streetlink website.

There’s also advice and information available on the London Fire Brigade website on grass fires and BBQs.

Cold weather

Newham operates a Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) to provide emergency accommodation to rough sleepers to prevent death.

The SWEP is activated when the Met Office predicts one night of temperatures below 0 degrees anywhere in London.

Find out about homelessness prevention and advice  including what to do if you're concerned about someone who is rough sleeping.

What we do in icy weather

Find out about how we help keep roads safe in winter on our road gritting page.

Winter weather advice

Met Office advice on getting ready for winter including looking after your health, protecting your home and precautions to take when travelling during the winter.

Heavy rain and flooding

Get advice on what to do during a flood.

Severe weather advice

Severe Weather advice from the Met Office 

Advice on coping with heatwaves from NHS Live Well