Are you prepared for winter?

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LOCAL people are being encouraged to be ready for winter as Angus Council gets behind a national campaign to ensure Scotland is better prepared this year.

Last year’s prolonged winter weather affected much of Scotland, and the national Ready for Winter? campaign aims to make us better prepared for whatever this winter brings.

Angus residents are being urged to start thinking now about how their families, businesses and communities could be affected.

By being better prepared and taking a few simple steps the whole community can get ready for winter now.

Angus Council leader Bob Myles said: “Getting ready for winter is something we all need to do. Whether it’s at home, in the community, or behind the wheel, we all need to consider how we can get ready for winter and help Scotland be better prepared.

“We are keen to make sure that Angus is as prepared as possible, and will be supporting the Scottish Government’s national campaign through local activity and publicity throughout the winter.”

The council recently published its winter maintenance programme, setting out how roads and footways will be treated during periods of bad weather. A leaflet is available from council offices, libraries, police stations and some filling stations with details on which routes will be treated first and when, information on winter driving and self help during severe weather. The information is also available on line at www.angus.gov.uk/wintermaintenance and by calling ACCESSLine on 08452 777 778.

During the winter, the council will use various methods to keep residents informed, such as social networking and through its website at www.angus.gov.uk. Information is also available via the Scottish Government’s website at www.readyscotland.org