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Extending a Helping Hand to Island Residents Affected by Severe Weather

Published on 27 October 2023 02:47 PM

As the weekend approaches and our offices prepare to close, we want to ensure that our older Island residents affected by the recent floods and severe weather receive the support they need. At Age UK Isle of Wight, we understand the challenges and difficulties that arise during such situations, and we are here to lend a helping hand.

Today, our dedicated team has been working tirelessly, handling numerous calls from flood victims and those stuck at home. We are deeply saddened to witness the extent of the adverse weather and the number of individuals and families affected. Our thoughts go out to all those who have been impacted.

We want to assure you that we are committed to providing assistance during this challenging time. We believe in the power of community and the strength that comes from supporting one another.

To ensure that you or your loved ones receive the necessary aid, we are sharing a valuable resource created by the Isle of Wight Council that can be of great help. This resource offers vital information and guidance to navigate through the aftermath of the floods and severe weather. CLICK HERE FOR ADVICE

Remember, you are not alone. We encourage you to reach out to local authorities, emergency services, or trusted news sources for the most up-to-date information and guidance. Together, we can weather this storm and emerge stronger than ever.

Stay safe, stay strong, and let's navigate through this challenging time together.

How you can look after yourself in this weather:

Stay informed. Keep track of weather updates and follow instructions from local authorities. Stay tuned to reliable news sources for the latest information. 

Prepare for an emergency. Have essential supplies such as food, water, flashlights, batteries, and a first aid kit readily available. 

Secure your property. If possible, take measures to protect your home from further damage, such as sandbagging or moving belongings to higher ground. 

Reach out for help. If you require help, don't hesitate to contact emergency services (in critical situations only), local support groups and local councils. 

In addition to taking care of yourself, we encourage you to extend a helping hand to your neighbours, if you are able to do so. Here are some ways you can support those in need:

Check on your neighbours. Reach out to anyone you know who may be older or vulnerable to ensure their safety and well-being. Hearing a friendly voice can help the most frightening situations. If you're able to, help them with tasks such as clearing debris or helping to get shopping to them. 

Share resources. If you have access to reliable information or helpful resources, share them with your community through social media or through local community groups. 

Volunteer. Consider offering to volunteer to help get to those who are stuck inside.