‘Gear up for Winter’, residents urged

members of the public have been urged to start thinking about making preparations for winter, in order to make sure that they are ready for any adverse conditions.

The call has been issued by the Grampian Strategic Co-ordinating Group, a multi-agency response team which prepares for and supports the response of public sector organisations in an emergency. Now, partners in the group, which includes Grampian Police, Grampian Fire and Rescue, Aberdeenshire Council and NHS Grampian, have come together to develop guidance for people to use when preparing for the winter.

The guidance includes important steps everyone should take to keep themselves safe and focuses on Your Home, Your Travel and Your Community.

‘Your Home’ gives advice on making sure that medicine cabinets are stocked, pipes are protected from freezing temperatures, stocking up fuel supplies, clearing paths around the home and making sure someone knows where you are and how to contact you. ‘Your Travel’ encourages people to plan ahead, checking the weather forecast and making sure that transport services are running to their normal schedules, changing driving styles to suit the conditions and making sure you can keep warm and comfortable if your journey is delayed. Meanwhile, ‘Your Community’ urges people to think about their neighbours in poor weather, if transport can be shared with others and the community working together to clear paths and drives.

Chief Constable Colin McKerracher warned that winter could approach quickly in Grampian, and urged people to consider what steps they needed to take in order to be prepared. “Whilst public agencies will carry out their duties to the full, it is important that everyone takes some responsibility for making sure they are ready for winter”, he said. “Last year’s severe winter caught many people out and we need to all do our bit to make sure we don’t get caught out by the weather again.”

Further information is available online at www.readyscotland.org