During severe winter weather, South Tyneside residents are advised to travel only if it is essential.
If you are planning to go out in South Tyneside to socialise then you should make sure you are prepared.
Dress appropriately to avoid the risk of hypothermia - hats, gloves, layers of clothing and warm coats are essential! These will help you to keep warm when you are out and about.
Wear appropriate footwear! High heeled shoes and boots will make it harder for you to get around in the snow and ice and increase the risk of injuring yourself. Sheep skin lined, suede boots should be avoided in this wintry weather as they will quickly become water logged and will not dry out properly making your feet colder rather than warmer!
Wear sturdy, waterproof shoes or boots that provide adequate ankle support to help prevent injury.
Make sure that you carry sufficient cash for public transport or taxis. Also, have a contingency plan ready in case public transport or taxi services are not available due to the weather and road conditions.
Setup an 'ICE' or 'In Case of Emergency' number on your mobile
Enter your next of kin telephone number into your mobile phone and save the contact as 'ICE' (In Case of Emergency). If you injure yourself, emergency responders will check your phone for an ICE contact - they will call this number first before any others if you are incapacitated.