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This year everyone across Scotland is being encouraged to ‘think
ahead’ and be prepared for all kinds of severe weather. Whether
it’s at home, on the move, in the workplace, or in your community,
we all need to consider the risk of severe weather.
Severe weather can occur at any time of year, but is most likely
during the winter months. It can cause a range of problems –
but you can be ready for them.
By ‘thinking ahead’ we can all help Scotland be better
On the move
Being prepared for severe weather is something we all need to do
– it takes only a few simple steps and is important if you’re
on the move. In severe weather conditions, your journey could take
longer than expected so before travelling in bad weather, you should:
• Check the weather forecast and road conditions
• Consider whether you need to travel right now or if you
can wait until the weather improves
• Consider alternative routes
• Consider alternative modes of transport
• Allow extra time for your journey
• Make sure your car is ready for a journey in poor weather
• Make sure your mobile phone is fully charged
• Tell someone your destination and when you expect to arrive
• Consider fitting winter tyres to your vehicle
Be prepared for severe weather by packing a few essential items
to take with you. Your emergency kit should at least include:
• An ice scraper and de-icer
• A shovel for snow
• A torch and spare batteries
• Warm clothes, boots and a blanket
• Some food and a warm drink in a flask
• A first aid kit
• Battery jump leads
• A map for any unplanned diversions
On public transport
• Dress for the season/forecast
• Have a means of contacting your family
• For a long journey, carry a small snack and some water if
• Ensure you and your bike are visible to other road users
by investing in a good set of front and rear lights (white at the
front, red at the back).
• Wear clothes that help you be seen on your bike such as
bright and light reflective items.
• Get a good set of mud guards and consider heavy duty tyres
with a deeper tread to cope with slippery surfaces.
• Remember, it can take longer to stop in poor weather.
• Investing in some warm, waterproof clothing including gloves
that still allow you to switch gears and use the brakes easily.
• Consider wearing correctly-fitted helmets with an additional
• Get a routine bike maintenance check, especially the brakes.
• Ensure that you, or someone you know clears the pavement
outside your home.
• Wear shoes or boots with non-slip soles and consider wearing
reflective or bright-coloured clothing so other road users are better
able to see you.
• Hats or scarves that cover your ears can also distort or
eliminate the muffled sounds of approaching vehicles, so take extra
care when checking for traffic.
• Keep warm, but make sure that you can hear what’s
going on around you.
• Remember, vehicles can take up to ten times longer to stop
on slippery surfaces, so don’t make any sudden movements and
give motorists plenty of time.
For more information on being ready for winter at home, at work
or in the community visit www.readyscotland.org
Some other useful sites include: www.trafficscotland.org
Crime Stoppers – Telephone 0800 555 111
This telephone number is a free phone number (unless you are using
a mobile phone), which any member of the public can contact at any
time if you have information relating to a criminal activity of
any sort. It is, if you wish, confidential and you cannot be contacted
if you choose to remain anonymous.
Local community officers are:
Bridge of Earn & Abernethy: Constable Graham Ogilvie
Kinross-shire: Constable Sadie Allan
To contact the local community officers, telephone the police non-emergency
number 101 or email as follows: