Being prepared for winter will make it far easier to deal with extreme weather. Here are some essentials to make sure you’re ready when the weather takes a turn for the worse!
Emergency contact arrangements
Make agreements with family and friends and identify meeting places.
Important local phone numbers
Note your doctor’s number, that of the local the police station and any others you may need.
Find out if any neighbours might need your help – or if they can be of any help to you!
Emergency kit bag
Make sure you have yours prepared!
Keep a note of your gas, electricity and telephone suppliers, and your insurance company.
Make a note of your prescription medication and restock your medicine cabinet. Find out when your local GP surgery and pharmacy will close over the festive holiday period and make sure you are prepared for this.
Food and drink
Stock up your store cupboard and freezer with soup, dried foods and also some food that you can eat even if there is a power cut. Keep a supply of bottled water and long-life snacks, and don’t forget some high energy sweets or drinks too!
Make sure you know where your water stop cock is and where to switch off your gas and electricity supplies.
Ensure you have adequate buildings and contents insurance and find out whether your policies cover you for risks such as flood or storm damage and the costs of temporary accommodation if your home becomes uninhabitable.
If cold weather is forecast, it is best to keep the heating on overnight at a low temperature so the pipes won’t freeze – simply turn your thermostat down to 15°C.
Find out what services in your area provide advance warning of severe weather and updates during storms and flooding. These include local radio stations, Met Office UK Severe Weather Warnings and SEPA Flood Warnings.
The Scottish Government’s www.readyscotland.org website has loads of information and advice on planning for emergencies.
This information is from our 2013 Hot Tips calendar. To request a copy of the 2014 calendar please email us.