12 January 2015
Fierce storms across northern Scotland left thousands without power last week, and our emergency response teams have been working round the clock to help.
Many Scottish homes were hit by power cuts following a sustained pummelling by 113mph winds. In some remote areas, water supplies were also knocked out.
Over the weekend, more than 70 British Red Cross volunteers carried out welfare checks on scores of residents identified as vulnerable by the power company, Scottish and Southern Energy.
Warmth and safety
Throughout northern Scotland and the Western Isles, Red Cross emergency teams distributed hot food and drinks, bottles of water and gas heaters to stricken households.
They helped run reception centres in several locations – including Skye, the Black Isle, Thurso and Dornoch – where people could go for warmth and safety. And on Lewis and Harris, volunteers trekked to reach secluded houses in remote areas.
Anne Eadie, emergency response co-ordinator, said: “Our volunteers worked tirelessly all weekend to help as many people as possible while workers battled to reconnect the power supplies.
“The demand has been huge, but our teams of volunteers have responded superbly. Every volunteer was ready to do whatever was needed to make things easier for as many people as possible.”
She added: “Our biggest priority was to make sure that people identified as vulnerable – because of age, infirmity or some degree of disability – were able to withstand this crisis safely.
“Our response will wind down as more households are reconnected to the grid, but until supplies are back to normal, our teams will continue to provide whatever help is needed.”
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