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Emergency volunteers tackle Scottish storms

12 December 2011

Emergency response volunteers and a Land Rover in the snow© InfoVolunteers braved the elements in one of Scotland’s most remote areas over the weekend to help scores of vulnerable people.

More than 40 emergency response volunteers delivered relief items to vulnerable residents on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula, who were left without power or water by the recent storms.

Using 15 specially-equipped vehicles, they provided items such as gas heaters, blankets, bottled water, hygiene packs and sanitation kits.

‘Below freezing’

Ian Rideout, operations director, said: “The recent storms brought down power lines and disrupted supplies, meaning many people were left without heating, lighting, telephone services and water.

“With temperatures dipping below freezing, it was imperative that we reached as many vulnerable people who needed our help as possible.

He added: “As well as reaching the most urgent cases, our teams also checked on other households in the area to make sure they were safe and well.”

Worked through night

The severe winter weather – and resulting power failures and damage to infrastructure – has been causing significant disruption in Scotland for several days.

Last Thursday (8 December), volunteers and staff worked through the night to support stranded passengers at Edinburgh Airport with blankets, hygiene kits, water and food supplies.

Earlier in the week, the Red Cross helped transport patients to and from hospitals in northern Scotland, in support of the Scottish Ambulance Service.

Last year's prolonged freeze saw volunteers and staff in the north of Scotland respond to more than 150 call outs in five weeks.

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