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1 © Crown copyright Met Office Weather Information for Local Authorities Mel Harrowsmith Public Weather Service Advisor

2 © Crown copyright Met Office Content Understanding the risks – weather and health Met Office online weather information and services General forecasts Weather Warnings Specific forecasts Widget Met Office services – relevance to local authorities

3 DisasterDateKilled Heat waveJul Wind Storm5 Jan Wind Storm25 Jan Wind Storm25 Feb Wind Storm28 Feb Wind Storm1 Jan Snow / cold4 Dec Wind Storm18 Jan Wind Storm24 Oct Wind Storm28 Oct Top 10 Natural disasters reported in the UK. Database based on 10+ people reported killed and 100+ people affected DisasterDateCost (£b) Flood11 Oct Flood25 Jun Flood20 Jul Wind Storm25 Jan Wind Storm28 Oct Wind Storm18 Jan Wind Storm25 Feb Wind Storm5 Jan Wind Storm24 Oct Wind Storm15 Dec Source : EM-DAT: The OFDA/CRED International Disaster Understand the risks… Top 10 UK natural hazard disasters reported But what about cold? excess deaths each year!

4 © Crown copyright Met Office Understand the risks… Hazard interdependencies Wind Damage Flood Damage Carlisle floods January 2007

5 © Crown copyright Met Office 80,000 homes and businesses were without power; Mobile phones were down and people unable to hear radio broadcast output; 900,000 trees blown down blocking roads and impeding recovery; Keswick hospital evacuated; P&O ferry European Highlander ran aground at Cairnryan; Chemical incident after goods vehicle was blown over on A66. Unforeseen interdependencies and impacts Understand the risks… Hazard interdependencies

6 © Crown copyright Met Office Simplified picture of Met Office – NHS Choices / LA interaction

7 © Crown copyright Met Office Web stats – March 2011 Directgovwww.direct.gov.uk21,253, % Met Officewww.metoffice.gov.uk13,313, % NHS Choiceswww.nhs.uk6,797, % HM Revenue & Customswww.hmrc.gov.uk6,318, % Jobcentre Pluswww.jobcentreplus.gov.uk1,761, % The National Archiveswww.nationalarchives.gov.uk1,564, % Home Office - UK Border Agencywww.bia.homeoffice.gov.uk1,560, % Department for Transport UKwww.dft.gov.uk1,445, % Business Linkwww.businesslink.gov.uk1,438, % Companies Housewww.companieshouse.gov.uk1,336, %

8 © Crown copyright Met Office Targeting of content: General to Health specific

9 © Crown copyright Met Office Met Office Weather Forecasts

10 © Crown copyright Met Office Met Office Regional Forecasts

11 © Crown copyright Met Office National Severe Weather Warning Service (NSWWS) Warnings are issued for: Wind Rain Snow Ice Fog

12 © Crown copyright Met Office New Style NSWWS (29 March) - National and Regional Pages

13 © Crown copyright Met Office Met Office Widget Up-to-date weather forecasts from the Met Office Customise the content which is displayed Quick and simple to insert into websites Free to use for both webmasters and visitors Standard content Daily forecasts Weather Temperature Welsh or English language options NEW Weather warnings Benefits for include: Met Office is the authority weather forecasts for your website Simple to implement, step-by-step guide for web editors Keep your users informed of weather and weather warnings

14 © Crown copyright Met Office Met Office Widget Optional content The following content is customisable by the webmaster: 1 to 5 day forecasts Wind speed and direction Feels like temperature NEW UV NEW Forecast temperature map Forecast pressure map Forecast rainfall map Ability to allow users to select their choice of location from 5,000 locations NEW Choice of units for temperature and wind speed

15 © Crown copyright Met Office Met Office Health Services Cold Weather Health Watch Met Office works closely with the Department of Health. Key personnel kept up to date during periods of cold weather who then update healthcare professionals and the general public. Heat Health Watch 1 June to 15 September, England and Wales In association with the Department of Health and Welsh Assembly. Forecasts regional day-time and night-time maximum temperatures. When certain heat thresholds are passed, a warning is sent to relevant health professionals and people working in social care, so they can take action to minimise the impact of the heat on the health of people in their area.

16 © Crown copyright Met Office Met Office Health Services UV Service Website Media broadcasts

17 © Crown copyright Met Office Met Office services – relevance to you Syndicated content Widgets, RSS feeds- Tailored to your needs Link to: Forecasts Warnings Health advice Health specific services


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