Get set for winter weather

25-01-2013. Picture Michael Gillen. FALKIRK. Callendar Rd. Early morning traffic in the snow.

25-01-2013. Picture Michael Gillen. FALKIRK. Callendar Rd. Early morning traffic in the snow.

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North Lanarkshire Council is urging residents to be prepared before the winter weather arrives.

The council’s key message is take time now to get ready and don’t be caught out later.

Advice and information on being prepared at home, on the roads and in your community is available at the council web site – www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/winter.

“Even the best weather forecasts can’t tell us exactly when to expect the rain, snow and ice but we know it will come,” said Councillor James Coyle, Convener of the Planning and Transportation Committee.

“So to avoid being caught out by the winter weather, make some simple preparations now to help you cope later.

“For example, think what you would need at home if you couldn’t get out to the shops for a few days and stock up on those items. Make sure you know where to turn off your water and gas supplies and keep a torch handy, in the event of an emergency.

“If you’re travelling, dress appropriately for the weather, including reflective clothing if you’re walking or cycling, allow extra time for your journey and let someone else know your plans. Keep a few essential items in your car, including an ice-scraper, shovel, torch, warm clothes, a blanket and some food and water.”

The council has plans in place to deal with winter weather and keep local services operating, and one of our priorities is to look after vulnerable people within our communities.

“Local people can also play their part by taking a few minutes to check on elderly relatives and neighbours who might help getting out or with shopping, in the event of severe weather,” added Councillor Coyle.

“By working together, we can all be better prepared and ready to deal with the effects of the winter weather whenever it happens.”

For more information on coping with winter, go to the Scottish Government’s Ready for Winter campaign at www.readyscotland.org.