< November 2017

Winter Business Resilience Planning – focus on staff travel

As we approach Winter Norfolk County Council are encouraging home support providers to look at your Business Continuity Plans and check that they are fit for purpose.

Business Continuity is about protecting three main areas of your business:

  • Safeguarding people
  • Safeguarding your assets
  • Safeguarding your processes

Are your staff ready for travel in winter weather?

If any of your staff do break down in their cars, particularly at this time of year, do they have the right kit to make a difference and keep them safe?

It’s recommended that year round car essentials should include:

  • Fully charged mobile phone and in car charger.
  • Hi-viz bib
  • Road map – in case of diversions
  • First aid kit
  • Water & non-perishable food
  • Loose change
  • Umbrella or water proof
  • Breakdown service and insurance company contact details
  • Hazard triangle

In winter, it’s worth keeping these items in your vehicle too:

  • A coat, hat, scarf, gloves and extra warm clothing
  • A spare pair of shoes or boots
  • Shovel
  • Ice scraper and de-icer
  • Torch and batteries
  • Extra snacks (chocolate or cereal bars)
  • Extra screenwash

When the forecast is for severe weather and your staff still have to be out, then it’s good to consider packing these items too:

  • Blanket or sleeping bag
  • A flask of hot drink

Are you aware of NCC's local gritting routes and grit bins?

NCC's three hour gritting runs cover 2,081 miles of roads in Norfolk, covering commuter and major bus routes and, as far as possible, one route into all villages. Highways England treat 143 miles of trunk roads including the A11, A12 and A47.

NCC cannot grit all of Norfolk’s 5,965 mile road network however, so please check their map of planned priority gritting routes for this season here: https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/roads-and-transport/roads/gritting.  You’ll also find more detail on this website about how and when they grit and snow plough roads in Norfolk.

NCC will update people on their gritting plans via local radio, Facebook and Twitter, using the hashtag #norfolkwinter.

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