Severe weather

The NHS offer advice on coping through cold periods and hot weather.

It is helpful to the community if you can clear snow and ice near your home. Do not use hot water as it may lead to black ice. If possible put salt on the area you have cleared.


Check the Gov.uk website for up-to-date flooding information.

Gov.uk offers useful information about preparing for and dealing with a floodpreparing your business for a flood, and preparing your community for a flood.

We only give out sandbags if we think they will help maintain vital routes and protect lives. They are available from builders’ merchants and DIY stores.

Local Flood Risk Management Strategy

Reading Preliminary Food Assessment

Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Scoping Report

Flood Investigation Report – Kingsley Close

Flood risk management plans consultation

Draft flood risk management plans (FRMPs) for England to cover the period from 2021 – 2027 have been produced.

FRMPs are strategic plans that have measures for the flood risk areas identified in 2017 for surface water flooding and in 2018 for main river and sea flooding. A 3 month public consultation on draft FRMPs is now open, and will run from 22 October 2021 to 21 January 2022. Further information about the FMRP can be found here.


If the Emergency Services have to cordon off an area for safety reasons, they will ask everyone within the cordon to leave until it is safe to return. You are not legally obliged to leave unless it is because of a suspected terrorist incident, but we strongly suggest you follow the instructions of the Emergency Services.

You should stay with friends or family until the cordon is removed. If you don’t have anywhere local to stay, we will organise emergency housing for you.

Planning for emergencies

We have developed plans and carried out training so that we can take adequate measures to respond to emergencies.

Parish councils, flood or neighbourhood action groups can use our Community Emergency Plan to prepare a plan.

Reading Borough Council Emergency Plan

RBC Emergency Plan Policy