Be prepared for Winter

Posted on: 20 January 2015

The UK's Met Office has issued winter weather warnings for much of the country. Heavy snow and gale force winds are expected to hit parts of the UK over the coming days.

To help protect your and your customers' property, here are some simple steps you can take in the event of extreme winter weather.

Snow or Ice

  • Avoid travelling if possible, but if you have to make a journey, take a phone, warm clothes, food, water, boots, torch and a spade with you. Also let someone know the route you will be taking and your estimated arrival time at your destination
  • Grit staff and customer parking and pedestrian access routes within your property.


  • To help prevent windstorm damage to items in the open and surrounding areas, ensure they are secured, covered or moved indoors
  • Close and securely fasten doors, windows and shutters.

Additional information

Our Motor and Property hints and tips factsheets contain additional immediate and effective actions that can minimise the impact of severe weather to any business, home or vehicle.

Allianz Commercial policyholders and brokers can also access our free Actionline telephone advice lines for immediate guidance with both business continuity planning and health and safety issues. Visit our Risk Director website for further information.

Severe weather warnings and alerts

The Met Office issues warnings to the public and emergency responders of severe or hazardous weather which has the potential to cause danger to life or widespread disruption through their National Severe Weather Warning Service. Their website also offers helpful hints and tips to guide you and your clients through severe weather events, especially assistance on what to do in thunderstorms, heavy rain and snow.

Keep up-to-date with weather events by using Allianz's free WeatherSafe App

Allianz WeatherSafe is easy to use, completely free and available to everyone. We continue to monitor the weather very closely and are working with other agencies to ensure we remain ready to help you and our policyholders cope during this time.

Automatic weather alerts

To be kept further informed of both potential severe weather and possible flooding, you may wish to sign up for automatic alerts available from:

Be prepared and stay safe this winter

We hope you find this information helpful. Please feel free to share it with others so that they are prepared and can take all reasonable precautions possible to minimise disruption and stay safe in the event of a severe winter weather event.