Power cuts and loss of other utilities including gas, water and telephones can happen during the winter - just when we need them the most.
While utility companies in Scotland have well-tested plans in place to deal with all kinds of events, there are steps you can take now that will help you cope with any loss of utilities in future.
A battery powered radio will help you stay in touch with the news following a power failure. Keep mobile phones and lap top computers 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. Here are a few to get you started.
- National Gas Emergency Service (if you smell gas): 0800 111 999
- Scottish Power Energy Networks (central and southern Scotland): 0800 092 92 90 (landlines) or 0330 1010 222 (mobiles)
- SSE (northern Scotland): 0800 300 999
- Scottish Water: 0800 0778778