Storm Ciara

Amber Alert

Update - 14.00, 08 Feb 2020

The networks in the UK are very resilient and built to withstand strong winds and heavy rain. However, during a storm other objects such as trees and airborne debris can pose a risk to infrastructure.

Network companies have been monitoring the weather system closely over the last few days and making preparations according to extensive emergency procedures. As well as year-round tree trimming programmes, they have taken additional steps such as arranging for extra emergency staff to be on standby and placing vehicles and resources in strategic locations to help if any repair work is needed.

Network companies invest millions of pounds to build a resilient electricity network capable of securing electricity supplies and sustaining the challenges faced by increased demand and adverse weather. They also carry out year-round tree trimming programmes to reduce the impact of trees and debris on the overhead line network.

You can take some simple steps to prepare for a power cut such as keeping a mobile phone fully charged, adding 105 to your contacts and bookmarking in your smartphone, keeping a torch handy in case you are without power during the night and having warm clothes and blankets accessible if you have a prolonged power cut. Network operators work with suppliers to maintain a Priority Services Register to help identify vulnerable customers who may need additional support during a power cut.

It is very important that if anyone sees a fallen power line they should keep everyone well away from it and call 105 to report it. Calling 105 will connect callers to their local network operator. This is also who you should call if you have a power cut. The 105 website also provides direct links and details of how to contact network operators online and via social media to get information and updates about a power cut.