Are you ready to face the freeze?

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PEOPLE across the country are being advised to plan ahead and get ready for winter after new research shows that only two fifths of Scots are prepared for all kinds of severe weather.

New research, conducted jointly by the British Red Cross and the Scottish Government, highlights that Scots are most concerned about power cuts, being cut off from water supply or disruption to fuel supplies.

It also revealed that over three quarters of car owners think they are doing enough to prepare with just an ice-scraper and de-icer when it’s equally as important to make sure you keep warm, fed and watered should severe weather affect you on the move.

Launching the Ready for Winter? campaign, Minister for Transport Keith Brown said: “Being prepared for winter and all kinds of severe weather is something we all need to take responsibility for.

“One of the key drivers behind this year’s campaign is to encourage everyone in Scotland to start thinking about how severe weather could impact them, at home, before setting out on journeys, in their communities, and at their place of work.

“We all know Scotland’s weather can change quickly and this year we’ve already seen some people badly affected as floods and high-winds struck. The research published shows there is still work to be done in getting the message out to families, businesses and communities across Scotland about the need to get ready for all kinds of severe weather.

“By thinking ahead, we can all help Scotland be better prepared, building safer and stronger communities where we can deal with the consequences of severe weather. Our preparedness campaign shows the simple steps we can all take to achieve this. I am delighted that again we are working closely with the British Red Cross to deliver the campaign. We are also working in partnership with Scottish local authorities and a wide range of other partners across the public, voluntary and private sectors.”