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Get Ready for Winter

Get Ready for Winter

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This year, Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland is partnering with the UK Government, the Met Office and other prominent organisations to promote the Get Ready for Winter campaign. The campaign aims to give help and advice on how you can prepare yourself and your community for the cold weather ahead, as well as giving up-to-date weather alerts throughout the winter.

After some particularly cold winters over the last few years, the advice given is designed to keep people safe and warm, as well as ensure that everything keeps moving if the weather takes a turn for the worse, and fits in perfectly with Rotary’s aim of helping communities across Great Britain and Ireland.

Helping Your Community

Here are a few guidelines on how you can help your community this winter:

  • Sign up for weather warnings on the Met Office website, and plan how to best support those affected by bad weather.
  • Check if your community has developed its own community emergency plan or flood plan for your area. Your local authority will often be able to advise if one is in place.
  • You can check whether your community is at risk of flooding and sign up for free flood warnings by visiting the Environment Agency’s website.
  • Find out if there is a community flood group in your area or how to set one up by contacting the National Flood Forum.
  • Check on neighbours and relatives who are elderly or unwell and see if they need anything. This can be particularly important if the individual is unable to leave their home.
  • Local authorities and voluntary sector bodies will often provide winter weather information and advice. There may also be local events taking place. Make sure that you know where you can access this information.


Rotarians also support food bank projects across the UK and Ireland and they provide a valuable resource for vulnerable people, especially during winter.

Donations of food are always welcome, and you can find your nearest food bank here.



Get Involved

Rotary clubs and districts are encouraged to get involved by sharing the guidelines on their websites and via social media, as well as by informing people in their communities on how to stay safe this winter.

If you, your club or district are involved in any community projects designed to help people over the winter, please share your activities. Communicate what you are doing on the RIBI Twitter and Facebook pages and help fellow Rotarians to help others by showing how you are working with communities to cope with the cold weather.


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