What to do if there is a utilities failure
Loss of gas or electricity
If the problem appears to affect only you and/or your immediate neighbours, you should contact your service provider.
If you believe are affected by the widespread loss of gas or electricity, you should:
turn off your gas or electricity supply – it can be dangerous if you are not at home when the supply is reinstated
listen to local radio updates (on a battery or wind-up radio) and act on advice and instructions from the utility providers or emergency services
be prepared to make alternative temporary living arrangements if necessary – consider if you have family or friends you could stay with and who could look after your pets
gather essential items together as well as an emergency bag if you have one.
If you are affected by a power cut, you can:
receive updates by texting POWER and your postcode to 80876
call UK Power Networks 24 hours a day, 365 days a year on 105 or visit their website at www.powercut105.com
The UK Power Network has a Priority Services Register for people who are vulnerable in a power cut. To join, apply online at www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/priority.
Loss of water
If you experience a loss of water turn off all your taps – including the mains supply – and contact Thames Water.