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Are you ready for winter? Get our top tips

24 October 2011

Snowman wearing Red Cross hat and badge© InfoWinter’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.”

Be prepared

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


Winter news

Winter’s a time for snowmen, hot toddies, woolly scarfs – and sudden power-cuts. Make sure you don’t get caught out this year.

The British Red Cross’ latest research reveals that only half the people in the UK believe they have friends or neighbours they could turn to in an emergency.