Will you be Ready for Winter?

We're all being encouraged to take time to make preprations in case prolonged bad weather strikes
We're all being encouraged to take time to make preprations in case prolonged bad weather strikes

Severe weather can cause challenges and disruption. Are you ready for what winter might bring?

As the weather starts to grow colder, the Scottish Government’s ‘Ready for Winter?’ campaign is encouraging everyone to take an hour now and prepare before winter and potential extreme weather strikes.

Whether in the community, at home, on the move or in the workplace, we all need to consider the risks posed by severe winter weather and put plans in place.

Recent years have shown how damaging the effects of severe weather can be in Scotland.

Even in milder seasons, bad weather can cause us big problems. Taking an hour now and doing a few small things could save you a lot of trouble later. Don’t wait until it’s too late.

While the Scottish Government and local Authorities work to keep the country moving when severe weather strikes, there’s a lot people can and should be doing to prepare their family, their communities and businesses.

The ‘Ready for Winter?’ campaign encourages each of us to think about how we could be affected and take some action that, together, will help Scotland be more prepared should we experience severe or prolonged winter weather this year.

Here are some practical tips to get you started:-

• Identify family or neighbours in your community who may need help if severe weather strikes - have their phone numbers to hand and offer to help them prepare.

• Make a household plan and collect together items that will be important to you and your family in an emergency.

• Pack a few essential items in your car such as an ice scraper and de-icer, a torch and spare batteries, a shovel for snow, warm clothes, boots and a blanket; and some food and a warm drink in a flask.

Further advice about how you can prepare can be found online at www.readyscotland.org