Scots urged to start preparing for winter
Post by Kelly Swift
on 24 October 2011 in Travel & Leisure
People across Scotland have been reminded of the importance of preparing for cold weather, following two severe winters.
A survey carried out earlier this year found that three-fifths of people in the country weren't properly prepared for heavy snow, a prolonged freeze or flooding. Half of those surveyed admitted to being concerned about how they will cope with any extreme weather conditions over the coming months.
Scotland experienced dire conditions in 2009 and 2010, with snow and ice causing travel chaos and leaving many thousands of homes without power.
In response, the Scottish government launched its Ready for Winter campaign today, which has been designed to raise awareness and offer information on how best to prepare.
Scottish justice secretary Kenny MacAskill, who also holds responsibility for resilience issues, said: "The evidence of the last two winters has shown that individuals and communities are stronger when they help themselves and help others. We also know that people want to be better prepared for whatever conditions they might have to face, and are looking for advice and information to help them get ready for winter."
The campaign is being supported by various organisations including Scottish Water, the NHS, the Met Office and the Energy Saving Trust.
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