Severe weather (snow, ice, wind and rain) has the ability to disrupt our daily lives, in all sorts of ways, like the loss of power and property damage. By knowing what to do to prepare, you will reduce the risks. Visit Education Scotland's
Ready For Emergencies website to learn more about preparing for severe weather.
Weather conditions and warnings
Consider the conditions before you set off and think about how severe weather can impact on you. See Ready Scotland's
advice on travelling. For real-time journey information, listen to radio reports or visit the Traffic Scotland
website/ twitter feed. For public transport information, check the
Traveline website/ twitter feed. If driving, ensure you and your vehicle are adequately prepared for the conditions.
Snow and Ice
Have a shovel and grit to hand to keep any important path ways clear
Place a scraper and de-icer in your car
in-car emergency travel kit
Check SEPA's website for the
latest flooding alerts or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188. You can also sign up to SEPA's free Floodline direct warning service.
The first and most important thing to do is to check local and national
weather forecasts and keep up-to-date with the latest Met Office warnings.
Before a storm
Secure loose objects such as ladders, garden furniture, wheelie bins, trampolines or anything else that could be blown around.
Close and securely fasten doors and windows.
Park vehicles in a garage or keep them clear of buildings, trees, walls and fences.
During a storm
Stay indoors as much as possible.
If you do go out, try not to walk or shelter close to buildings and trees.
Do not go outside to repair damage while the storm is in progress.
Do not drive unless your journey is really necessary.
After a storm
Be careful not to touch any electrical/telephone cables that have been blown down or are still hanging.
Do not walk too close to walls, buildings and trees as they could have been weakened.
Loss of utilities
You can take straightforward steps to cope with the
loss of power and other utilities.