Listen to local and national weather reports so you can act to protect yourself and your home from the effects of drought. Useful websites and publications for help and advice during the hot weather:

  • Public Health England - Beat the heat: staying safe in hot weather - This document will tell you how to stay safe in hot weather, including how to keep your home cool. It tells you who is at greatest risk of ill health from the heat, how to recognise when you or someone‚Äôs health may be affected, and what to do if you or someone else becomes unwell as a result of the heat.
  • Good Neighbour Schemes offer practical support including help with shopping and getting to medical appointments
  • The UK Power Network website for how to report a power cut, find out if there's a power cut in your area and tips and advice if you have a power cut
  • Water supply problems including emergencies and tips for using water wisely in the heat - parts of East Sussex are covered by South East Water and parts by Southern Water - you can see which from your utility bill
  • Advice from East Sussex County Council about flooding - If there is a drought followed by heavy rainfall, it could lead to flash flooding. The hard, dry soil means that rainfall is less easily absorbed and so increases the likelihood of flooding if the county is hit by storms.
  • Heat alert - a free service which provides 'alerts' direct to you, before we get hot weather and heatwave conditions.