Beat the win­ter weather

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Ruther­glen res­i­dents are be­ing urged to take a num­ber of sim­ple yet ef­fec­tive steps to pre­pare for po­ten­tially tough weather con­di­tions this win­ter.

The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s ‘Ready Scot­land’ cam­paign en­cour­ages in­di­vid­u­als, fam­i­lies, com­mu­ni­ties and busi­nesses to think about what they can do to pre­pare for un­ex­pected events over win­ter.

The cam­paign rec­om­mends keep­ing in­formed, pre­par­ing at home, be­ing ready on the road and at work, and think­ing of oth­ers in the com­mu­nity.

As part of this, Ruther­glen MSP Clare Haughey is en­cour­ag­ing in­di­vid­u­als and busi­nesses in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang to lend a hand to those who might find it harder to cope with ex­treme weather con­di­tions.

“The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment mon­i­tors all po­ten­tial weather im­pacts and Scot­land is ready to re­spond quickly on all fronts to any sud­den change in con­di­tion – but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t all take small steps to pre­pare for se­vere weather too,” said Ms Haughey.

“As we know from last year, bad weather can strike at any time. Al­ready this win­ter, we’ve seen some com­mu­ni­ties in Scot­land af­fected by high winds and flood­ing, which is why we all must be vig­i­lant and well­pre­pared.

“Our com­mu­ni­ties in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang showed great kind­ness in help­ing oth­ers dur­ing ‘the Beast from the East’, and I am sure we will con­tinue to look af­ter our vul­ner­a­ble fam­ily, friends, and neigh­bours this win­ter too.

“Small prepa­ra­tions like mak­ing sure your phone bat­tery is fully-charged, keep­ing food and pet food sup­plies, stor­ing sup­plies of bot­tled wa­ter, or pack­ing a few es­sen­tial items in your car, can make an enor­mous dif­fer­ence.”

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