Scotland experienced very cold winter weather during the last
few years causing disruption to people, communities and businesses.
Over the past few weeks SEPA's Resilience Team, supported by
SEPA Managers and staff, have been working with Scottish Government
and partner agencies to improve our general ability to respond to
prolonged severe weather and to refine public messaging in the lead
up to Winter 2012/13. Information about how to protect
yourself, your home, your family, your travel and your business is
available on the Ready
The following advice is provided for SEPA
Your family’s health:
Consider the need to restock your medicine
cabinet by ordering and collecting your repeat prescription(s)
before the festive holidays. Remember that your GP surgery is
likely to be closed for four days at Christmas and four days at New
Your family's comfort:
- Protect your water pipes from freezing;
- Ensure you have sufficient heating fuel for
your main heating source and a secondary heating source should
- Clear paths and access to your property to
ease access and prevent injury;
- Prepare a personal emergency kit should you
have to leave your property.
Your peace of mind:
- Are your pets and animals protected from
- If you are leaving your property for any
reason do friends and family have access in an emergency?
- Do friends and family know where you are and
how to contact you?
Keep in touch with your line
- SEPA’s first priority is the health and
safety of its staff;
- You should make best endeavours to get to
work without putting yourself at risk – check the weather
forecasts and the latest advice from the Police;
- If travel to work is dangerous please liaise
with your line manager about either working from an
alternative SEPA office, working from home, or taking annual or
Plan your journey - before you
- What is the weather forecast?
- Are transport services running to their
normal schedule or are there delays, cancellations and
- Do you need to travel or can you vary the
time you need to arrive at your destination?
- Have you planned for the extra time required
to travel in severe weather?
- Do you know how to change your driving style
to suit severe weather and equip your vehicle for winter
- If you get delayed or stuck on your
journey, can you keep yourself warm and comfortable and have
you got means of communication?
- Can you share transport with people in your
- Can you offer transport or offer to get
supplies to those in your community less able to get out in severe
- Can you contribute to community efforts to
clear paths and drives?
- Is there a focal point in your community
which helps you help one-another? If not can you create