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Severe weather

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. 

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 websitetwitter feed
  • For public transport information, check the Traveline websitetwitter 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
  • Create an in-car emergency travel kit

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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.

Strong winds

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.
  • Ensure you are prepared should there be a power cut.

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.