Winter Safety 2012/13

Keep informed during the cold weather with Norfolk Winter

 

With nights getting longer and temperatures getting lower, Norfolk County Council is aiming to keep people better informed than ever before about how to stay happy, healthy and safe this winter.
The council is once again launching its Norfolk Winter social media service tomorrow (Thursday, 1 November) after successfully introducing it last year. Throughout the colder months, information that will help people in Norfolk stay happy, healthy and safe will be brought together under the Norfolk Winter banner on Twitter, Facebook and for the first time, on a dedicated blog.
The County Council will add regular updates to both the Norfolk community Facebook page and its @NorfolkCC Twitter account about gritting and disruptions to services, such as libraries or day centres, as well as wider winter-related information including safety advice, weather alerts and events.
All winter-related tweets from the @NorfolkCC account, including updates on when the council’s fleet of gritters are taking to the road, will once again be tagged with the #norfolkwinter hashtag, which people will be able to click on to find related tweets.
Organisations and people with any winter-related news and information that would be useful to others in Norfolk are also encouraged to get involved, by using the #norfolkwinter hashtag on Twitter, or by posting to the Norfolk community Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Norfolkcc.
This year, a Norfolk Winter blog (www.norfolkwinter.com) has also been launched that will link with Twitter and Facebook. The blog will feature stories, news, interviews and advice from a range of contributors including councils, the NHS and Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, with the aim to make it easy for people to find relevant, useful and interesting winter information, no matter who provides it.
Barry Stone, Cabinet Member for Customer Service and Communications at Norfolk County Council, said: “Being able to get relevant information quickly and easily over the winter months can make a big difference to people’s lives. Social media gives us the opportunity to do this, not at the expense of other means of keeping people informed but as well as.
“We know people found the Twitter and Facebook updates useful last winter and I’m really pleased that we’re not only bringing these back but adding to the information that will be available with the Norfolk Winter blog.
“This means that we are now providing more winter-related news than ever before and with so much information all in one place, Norfolk residents should feel healthier, happier and safer this winter.”
The Norfolk Facebook page will also be hosting Norfolk County Council’s school closures feed, which is updated directly by headteachers when they are unable to open their school for any reason. For the first time, people will also be able to sign up to receive a notification by email or text when a specific school is closed. For more information on this, go to www.norfolk.gov.uk/disruptions.
The Norfolk County Council website will continue to make winter-related information available at www.norfolk.gov.uk/norfolkwinter, including links to useful information and advice on other websites. Information on school closures can be found at www.schoolclosures.norfolk.gov.uk.
The winter edition of Your Norfolk, due out at the end of November, will have lots of information and advice about winter services and support, and people can ring the County Council customer service centre with questions about the
council’s winter services on 0344 800 8020 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting FREE 0344 800 8020 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.
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