Ready for Winter campaign arrives in Galloway

A Scottish Government campaign will be urging people in Dumfries and Galloway to get ready for winter as its national tour visits Stranraer this weekend.

The campaign encourages people to prepare now for the possibility of severe weather throughout the winter months.

The roadshow will visit Morrisons in Dumfries on Saturday 29 November and Morrisons in Stranraer on Sunday 30 November where the Ready for Winter advice team will be on hand to advise people on preparing for severe weather conditions, whether they’re at home, on the move, at work or in the community. They will be handing out handy credit card torches, as well as ice scrapers and fleece and foil blankets.

The Scottish Government’s ‘Ready for Winter’ campaign is being delivered in partnership with the British Red Cross and a range of public, private and voluntary sector partners, including SEPA and Scottish Business in the Community. The campaign aims to provide free information and advice on how to prepare and cope with severe weather including snow, ice, heavy rain, flooding and high-winds. It seeks to:

remind individuals, communities and families of the risks and consequences of being under-prepared for the impact of severe weather

offer free information and advice on the simple steps that people, businesses and communities can take in advance to reduce those risks

encourage as many people as possible to be ready for all kinds of severe weather this winter and beyond.

Scottish Government Minister for Transport and Veterans, Keith Brown, said: “This year’s Ready For Winter campaign is out on the road again to ensure that the people of Scotland are prepared to deal with whatever weather is thrown at them as we approach the winter months.

“If there is anything recent winters have shown us it is that Scottish weather is unpredictable. In the last five years, parts of Scotland have been badly affected by severe weather ranging from snow and freezing temperatures to high winds and blizzards, and we also saw the impact of flooding in south-west England. With this in mind, I hope that we can reach as many people as possible with this year’s road show and share the tips from our wide-range of partners.”