According to new research published by the Scottish Government in partnership with the British Red Cross, Two consecutive relatively mild winters appear to have made people in Scotland less worried about severe weather incidents.
The campaign therefore aims to highlight the unpredictability of weather patterns and the importance of being prepared for extreme weather.
Ms McAlpine commented:
“If there is anything recent winters have shown us it is that Scottish weather is unpredictable.
“In the last five years, most parts of Scotland have been affected by severe weather ranging from snow and freezing temperatures to high winds and flooding, and we also saw the terrible impact of flooding in south-west England last winter. While extreme weather can happen at any time of year, winter remains the time of greatest risk.
“Of course, in rural areas like Dumfries and Galloway the weather can become more extreme than elsewhere and cause greater danger and disruption.
“While I am sure this is something my constituents are well aware of – I would still like to take the opportunity to urge people to ensure they are well-prepared to cope with it.”
The Scottish Government’s ‘Ready for Winter?’ campaign, in partnership with the British Red Cross, provides information and advice on how to prepare and cope with severe weather including snow, ice, flooding and high winds.
A range of online resources can be accessed at www.readyscotland.org – and a national roadshow will visit locations across Scotland, including Dumfries, offering practical information and guidance on preparing for all kinds of severe weather.
· The roadshow will visit Dumfries on 29 November: Morrisons, Brooms Road