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Be prepared this winter

 27 October 2014  |  

Gale force winds, driving rain, darker nights and drops in temperature are just the start of our changing season and winter weather. Ask yourself one question are you Ready for Winter?

South Ayrshire Council is supporting the Scottish Government's Ready for Winter? Campaign, aimed at ensuring people are ready in their homes, workplaces, communities and when they travel for whatever weather we experience this winter.

Councillor John McDowall, Environment and sustainability Portfolio Holder for the Council said: "The Scottish weather is very unpredictable, who knows what the weather will be like in the months to come and we must be ready.  There's no point in waiting until bad weather strikes to get organised, so businesses and individuals need to put plans in place now to cope with whatever weather this winter throws at us.

 "There is a strong sense of community spirit in South Ayrshire and I would urge everyone to especially look after each other during the winter months. If you have a vulnerable person who lives near you, make time to go and see that they are warm, they are eating properly and have arrangements in place to get all their essential needs met during bad weather. Taking a few minutes to show a neighbour you care and supporting them will make a real difference to them, and could even save their life."

Before extreme winter weather arrives remember:

  • We know winter is coming to be ready for it.
  • Have an emergency list for trades people such as plumbers, electrician etc handy.
  • Make sure your car has been serviced and is ready for winter, have items like a torch and a shovel in the boot and only make essential journeys.
  • Think about others in your community, vulnerable people need your support.

The Council has contingency plans in place to deal with extreme winter weather and will keep members of the public up to date about any changes to our services or opening hours to buildings which are altered due to bad weather. We have also linked our own website page to the Government's Ready for Winter? website to make it as quick and easy as possible to access information.

Make time now to put alternative plans in place which will make things a lot easier for you during the winter for travel, work and for looking after yourself and others in your community by visiting

As part of the national campaign there will be a winter roadshow held in South Ayrshire by the Scottish Government on 28 November 2014 at Asda in Ayr from 10am till 5pm. There will be lots of advice and information which will help you get organised for winter.

A range of information, advice and support is also available at


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