Ready for winter?

Severe weather can strike at any time so taking action now will serve you well in winter, and all year round.

South Ayrshire Council wants all our residents to have a Brr-illiant winter, Christmas and New Year.

We're proud to be working in partnership with the Scottish Government's 'Ready for Winter' Campaign to make sure we all stay safe during the cold weather.

Get ready at HOME

Getting ready for winter at home is easy. Just make a household plan and collect together the items for an emergency kit that will be essential to you and your family.

In an emergency you should call 999 and follow instructions.

Get ready at WORK

If the festive season is your busiest time of year, you won't want winter weather holding your business back.

Whether its snow and ice disrupting transport, or floods risking damage to your property or stock, there's no doubt winter can bring additional challenges.

Ready Business provides straightforward advice and support to help you keep trading, whatever the weather.

It is also worth checking your insurance policies and make sure that you are covered for the risks that winter weather might bring.

Take particular care where buildings may have suffered structural damage - and don't go on roofs to clear snow.

For those working in the freight industry there are winter driving tips here from Freight Scotland.

Get ready on the MOVE

South Ayrshire Council has a comprehensive guide to its winter road maintenance programme, gritting routes, grit bin locations and safety advice.

In really bad weather conditions your journey could take longer than expected. Get ready for winter by packing a few essential items in your car. Your winter emergency kit should include:

  • An ice scraper and de-icer
  • A torch and spare batteries
  • A shovel for snow
  • Warm clothes, boots and a blanket
  • Some food and a warm drink in a flask
  • A first aid kit
  • Battery jump leads
  • A map for any unplanned diversions

There’s a fantastic leaflet with lots of extra information and travel advice.

Get ready in the COMMUNITY

Last year's severe winter weather struck quickly and as South Ayrshire is a rural area, it left some people more vulnerable than others.

We were amazed by how well our communities responded, not just by using the grit bins, but by looking out for others, helping them stay safe and warm.

By planning now and identifying family or neighbours who may need an extra helping hand during winter, we can all make a real difference.

Have their phone numbers to hand, and offer to help with grocery shopping or other essential tasks.

Clear ice or snow from your pathway. For some people bad ice can make things just as difficult as deep snow.

Scottish Water's winter code - a set of simple steps you can take to protect your pipes, be prepared and heat, insulate and protect your home and business is also an excellent guide and well worth reading.

You can volunteer to help others during winter by contacting Volunteer Scotland.

Some inspiring examples of how communities across Scotland are working together to build their resilience are included in My Community.

How to respond in an emergency

Keeping calm, knowing what to do and how to get help in an emergency is one of the best ways of dealing with the impact of severe weather.

Really useful advice on responding to emergencies at home, while travelling, loss of utilities, accessing local services and support and how to cope with the thaw is available from Ready Scotland website.

Essential contacts

You can contact South Ayrshire Council on: 0300 123 0900.

Other emergency contacts: