At the NFRN Mutual we are keen to provide as much information as possible to members to assist with the severe weather we have been experiencing lately.  These tips provided by the Met Office will help you to be prepared:-

One of the best ways to keep up to date is for people to check out the Met Office website. Here you will find  warnings of severe weather under the National Severe Weather Warnings Service.

Also they work closely with the Environment Agency and its website is the place to go for flood advisories and warnings once the heavy rain is falling. The Agency also operates a telephone Floodline which is 0845 988 1188 and people living in vulnerable areas can also sign up to direct warnings via various methods: again, details can be found on the website.

Severe weather and flood warnings remain the very best way to get advice, but that advice is now been supported by the work of the Flood Forecast Centre in London.

This joint operations centre run in partnership by the Met Office and the Environment Agency has been set up although not serving the public directly as the forecasts and warning are aimed at the emergency services combining the expertise of Met Office weather forecaster and Environment Agency.

The onset of the cold weather will bring its usual problems for retailers and members, the Mutual suggests you keep this somewhere safe so you can refer to it over the coming months.

Keeping the pathways clear

You have a duty of care to ensure that any visitors and employees at your shop are safe.  Unfortunately, slips and trips can happen, particularly when there is ice and snow on the ground.  The NFRN Mutual advises that retailers should use a “common sense approach” and try to keep the pathways outside of their shops clear of snow and ice where they can.  If a retailer does what they can to clear entry and exit routes then the likelihood of people slipping over inevitably lessen.

Building Maintenance

Keeping gutters, gullies and drains clear

Remove any obstruction such as fallen leaves or snow from gutters, gullies and drains to avoid blockages, and potential damage.

Keep an eye on your roof

Replace any loose or missing slates or tiles from your roof quickly to avoid water getting into the roof.  These are simple protective measures which, if undertaken regularly, can save a great deal of time and trouble later.

Unoccupied Buildings

Tell your insurance company immediately if a building becomes unoccupied.  Any vacant property must be regularly inspected, secure and maintained.  Further information on what you need to know can be obtained from the NFRN Mutual Ltd.