Power cuts and loss of other utilities usually happen suddenly
and with little warning.
While utility companies in Scotland have well-tested plans in
place to deal with this, we can all take simple steps to ensure we
are better prepared for a short period without electricity, gas or
mains water supplies.
- Having a well-stocked emergency
kit at home will help you through until things get back to
- A battery powered radio will help you stay in touch with the
news following a power failure.
- Keep mobile phones, laptops or tablets fully charged, so you
will have use of battery power for a short time at least if there
is a power cut.
- A non-mains powered landline telephone will help you stay in
touch during any disruptions to your power supply.
- Make a list of all the telephone numbers you might need, and
keep them handy.
The utility companies work closely with local authorities to
make sure that vulnerable people get the support they need during
any disruptions to normal service. You should let your supplier
know if you have a disability or are chronically sick, or you
depend on a continuous supply of power for medical equipment or
mobility equipment such as stair lifts and hoists.
You should also contact your supplier if you are visually
impaired or have hearing difficulties, or you are of state
pensionable age, or you have other specific requirements.
If you have elderly relatives or neighbours who might need help
during a power cut, please check up on them.
More support and advice is available from your gas, electricity,
water and communications suppliers.
Electricity distribution networks:
Gas distribution network: