SNP MSP URGES CUNNINGHAME SOUTH CONSTITUENTS TO GET READY FOR WINTER
An SNP MSP is encouraging constituents to take a number of simple yet effective steps to prepare for potentially tough weather conditions this winter, after a new survey revealed that over 1/3 of people do not feel prepared to combat extreme weather.
The Scottish Government’s ‘Ready Scotland’ campaign encourages individuals, families, communities and businesses to think about what they can do to prepare for unexpected events over winter.
They recommend four steps – keeping informed, being ready at home, on the road and at work; and thinking of others in the community.
Ruth Maguire is also urging individuals, communities and businesses across Irvine, Stevenson and Kilwinning areas to lend a hand to those who might find it harder to cope with extreme weather conditions.
The SNP has already taken steps to make sure that people in Scotland don’t face hardship over winter. Emergency services have robust response plans in place following last year’s so-called ‘Beast from the East’ storm, and over one million people have benefitted from the Winter Fuel Allowance under the Scottish Government’s new social security system.
Ruth Maguire, SNP MSP for Cunninghame South, said:
“The Scottish Government monitors all potential weather impacts and Scotland is ready to respond quickly on all fronts to any sudden change in condition – but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t all take small steps to prepare for severe weather too.
“As we know from last year, bad weather can strike at any time. Already this winter, we’ve seen some communities in Scotland affected by high winds and flooding, which is why we all must be vigilant and well-prepared.
“Small preparations like making sure your phone battery is fully-charged, or packing a few essential items in your car, can make an enormous difference.”
* Further details about the Scottish Government’s ‘Ready Scotland’ campaign are available at www.readyscotland.org