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Get Ready for Winter
If severe weather strikes are you prepared at home, on the move and in your community? It takes just a few simple steps to get ready for winter.
In the last few years, we've seen it all - snow, floods and strong winds. And it doesn't take much for these to impact on our daily lives. Like being stuck indoors for a few days, or losing your power or water supply or even your phone connection.
Severe weather can strike at any time so taking action now will serve you well during winter, and all year round. Severe weather can cause a range of problems - but you can be ready for them. By doing a few small things now, you can save yourself a lot of trouble later on.
The ‘Get Ready for Winter’ website provides common sense advice on how individuals and communities can prepare for winter weather. The website will be updated throughout the winter to take account of the weather situation.
Information and practical advice on Suffolk’s Warm Homes Healthy People project helping people to keep warm and well, and also how you can get involved in your local community are available on the Suffolk County Council website, www.suffolk.gov.uk, and also the Suffolk Community Emergency Preparedness Site, www.getpreparednow.co.uk/
Ebola information (July 2014)
Dr Brian McCloskey, director of global health at Public Health England, said:
"Public Health England is monitoring closely the continuing Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the largest outbreak of this disease to date. It's clear the outbreak is not under control. The World Health Organization, with a range of technical partners including UNICEF, Medicine Sans Frontiers, and Public Health England, is intensifying its support and providing technical advice, personnel and supplies to the affected countries to help prevent community and healthcare facility spread of the virus. PHE staff, working with the UK's Department for International Development, continue on the ground in West Africa.
"The continuing increase in cases, especially in Sierra Leone, and the importation of a single case from Liberia to Nigeria is a cause for concern as it indicates the outbreak is not yet under control. We will continue to assess the situation and provide support as required.
"The risk to UK travellers and people working in these countries of contracting Ebola is very low but we have alerted UK medical practitioners about the situation in West Africa and requested they remain vigilant for unexplained illness in those who have visited the affected area.
"People who have returned from affected areas who have a sudden onset of symptoms such as fever, headache, sore throat and general malaise within three weeks of their return should immediately seek medical assistance - but it is important to stress that no cases of imported Ebola have ever been reported in the UK and the risk of a traveller going to West Africa and contracting Ebola remains very low since Ebola is transmitted by direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids of an infected person."