The Council held its first Ready for Winter road show in Kirkintilloch last week with large numbers of residents coming along to get advice on topics such as community safety, looking after vulnerable residents, fire safety, gritting, and tips for driving in freezing conditions.
Working in partnership with the Scottish Government on the Ready Scotland campaign, the Council and its partners have arranged a series of information road shows to try and keep residents as safe as possible throughout the winter months.
Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, the East Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership, and Council departments including Housing, Roads and Community Safety, were on hand in Kirkintilloch to offer help, advice and reassurance.
Council Leader Councillor Gordan Low helped launch the first road show and he urged residents to prepare for the months to come and any bad weather they may bring.
Councillor Low, said, “It was great that so many residents took the time to attend the road show as they are a good opportunity to get practical advice on staying safe while out and about or driving and how to prepare your homes for sudden bad weather.
“Winter is well on its way and now is the time to take a few simple steps to protect your home, so you and your family are ready for any eventuality.
“I’d encourage everyone in East Dunbartonshire to think about their own readiness for emergencies or other significant challenges and also to think of your neighbours, friends and about anybody you know who may be particularly vulnerable.
“While these might not be things we often choose to dwell on, taking small and simple steps now can make all the difference both for ourselves and for others.
“Our Officers have compiled some easy to follow tips on getting your home prepared for freezing temperatures, heavy snow or even flooding which you can find on the Ready for Winter page on the Council’s website.”
The next Ready for Winter road shows will run from 10am until 3pm on these dates:
- Tesco, Milngavie – Thursday 30 November;
- Morrisons, Bishopbriggs - Friday 8 December.
The Ready Scotland website has lots of advice about how to prepare for poor winter weather, and what to do if you are affected by events such as power cuts or flooding. Have a look at http://www.readyscotland.org/