Kate Forbes MSP is encouraging Highlanders to take a number of simple yet effective steps to prepare for potentially tough weather conditions this winter, after a new survey revealed that over a third of people do not feel prepared to combat extreme weather.
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.
They recommend four steps - keeping informed, being ready at home, on the road and at work; and thinking of others in the community.
Kate Forbes MSP is also urging individuals, communities and businesses in her Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch constituency to lend a hand to those who might find it harder to cope with extreme weather conditions.
The Scottish Government has already taken steps to make sure that people in Scotland don’t face hardship over winter. Emergency services have robust response plans in place following last year’s so-called ‘Beast from the East’ storm, and over one million people have benefitted from the Winter Fuel Allowance under the Scottish Government’s new social security system.
Kate Forbes, MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, said: “I know that the Scottish Government monitors all potential weather impacts so that Scotland, and particularly the Highlands, 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. As somebody who is often on the road, travelling to all corners of the constituency, I know the weather can have a huge impact on people’s lives.
“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 well-prepared.
“Small preparations like making sure your phone battery is fully-charged, or packing a few essential items in your car, as trivial as they sound can make an enormous difference.
“I am sure we can all remember times last year alone where small decisions have had a really beneficial impact. There are many people in our communities, particularly older people, who could really do with a helping hand as well.”