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PEOPLE ENCOURAGED TO TAKE STEPS TO STAY SAFE OVER CHRISTMAS
Local MSP Clare Haughey is calling on constituents to take a number of simple yet effective steps to prepare for potentially tough weather conditions this winter, after a new survey revealed that over one third of people do not feel prepared to combat extreme weather.
The Scottish Government’s ‘Ready Scotland’ campaign encourages individuals, families, communities and businesses to think about what they can do to prepare for unexpected events over winter. They recommend four steps – keeping informed, preparing at home, being ready on the road and at work, and thinking of others in the community.
As part of this, Clare Haughey MSP is encouraging individuals, communities and businesses in Rutherglen and Cambuslang to lend a hand to those who might find it harder to cope with extreme weather conditions.
Emergency services have robust response plans in place following last year’s so-called ‘Beast from the East’ storm.
Commenting, Rutherglen MSP Clare Haughey said:
“The Scottish Government monitors all potential weather impacts and Scotland is ready to respond quickly on all fronts to any sudden change in condition – but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t all take small steps to prepare for severe weather too.
“As we know from last year, bad weather can strike at any time. Already this winter, we’ve seen some communities in Scotland affected by high winds and flooding, which is why we all must be vigilant and well-prepared.
“Our communities in Rutherglen and Cambuslang showed great kindness in helping others during ‘the Beast from the East’, and I am sure we will continue to look after our vulnerable family, friends, and neighbours this winter too.
“Small preparations like making sure your phone battery is fully-charged, keeping food and pet food supplies, storing supplies of bottled water, or packing a few essential items in your car, can make an enormous difference.”
The advice, in full, can be found on the Ready Scotland campaign website http://www.readyscotland.org/.
Date published: 20th December 2018