As the Scottish Government announces its Winter Resilience Plan, East Kilbride MSP Linda Fabiani reminds residents to get ‘Ready for Winter.’

Linda said “The ‘Ready for Winter?’ campaign will help people prepare for the worst but hope for the best.  Last winter was the worst Scotland has experienced since 1962/63 and the second coldest since records began.

“Everyone should be aware of the small, practical steps they can take to protect themselves, their families and their communities in severe weather.

“Getting ready for winter is something we should all be thinking about.  Residents should make a household plan and collect together the items for an emergency kit. 

“The website www.readyscotland.org can advise you on the kind of items you should include in this kit and there will also be information across the press to ensure we all know what we should be doing to prepare for winter.

“Residents should follow Scottish Water’s advice on protecting your pipes.  Know where their stop valve is and how to turn off your water.  If cold weather is forecast, and during a cold snap, keep your heating on at a low temperature to help prevent pipes from freezing and know how to turn off your electricity supply at the mains.

“Making your home energy-efficient will make it cheaper and quicker to heat during cold weather. Call the Scottish Government’s Home Energy Scotland Hotline on 0800 512 012.

“Communities should work together to clear paths and driveways if severe weather strikes. It’s a good idea to keep a shovel (specially designed snow shovels are particularly good), and some salt or grit at home, and find out where your nearest local authority public grit bin is.

Keep healthy in the winter, and avoid the ‘flu.  If you are over 65 or have a health condition such as heart or lung problems or if you are pregnant, get your free seasonal flu vaccination to protect yourself from flu this winter.

“The Scottish Government Resilience Room (SGoRR) will work 24 hours a day during spells of severe weather to support and co-ordinate the response and make sure the right information is available for the public.  We all have the responsibility to heed the advice of the emergency services and authorities.  If people are advised not to travel, they should not do so.”

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