24 October 2011
Winter’s on the way again, and the Red Cross is spearheading a campaign encouraging people to get ready for the potential big freeze in the next few months.
Last year’s severe weather caused real disruption to thousands of lives, but the good news is that it’s easy to make sure you’re prepared for the worst – by preparing a basic ‘grab bag’ for use in emergencies.
In Scotland the Red Cross, in partnership with the Scottish Government, is launching a Ready for Winter Week on 24 October. We’re promoting a simple message: spend a little time now gathering some essential items in a handy bag, and you’ll be prepared if sudden bad weather means you get stranded at home or – even worse – while on the move.
Help for vulnerable
During the week, the Red Cross will hand out specially branded Ready for Winter grab bags, containing a checklist and a few useful items to start people off. Volunteers from our health and social care service will also be helping vulnerable beneficiaries across Scotland to access information and practical help where needed.
Norman McKinley, operations director, said: “Winter can be tough on everyone – especially vulnerable people – but there’s a lot we can do to prepare ourselves for extreme weather.”
He added: “As an emergency response organisation, our volunteers help people all year round, but we’re especially busy in winter – and very familiar with the difficulties snow and ice can cause communities.
“If everyone asks themselves how prepared they are – whether at home, on the road or out in the community – then takes steps to prepare for the season ahead, those difficulties can be greatly reduced.”
Find out more about what should go in a grab bag
Visit the Ready Scotland website
You can also find out more about preparing for winter by visiting directgov