Are you ready for winter?

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Are you ready for the challenges that can come your way during the winter months?

Temperatures have already taken a bitter drop this month and with a long stretch of winter ahead of us all with freezing conditions and very possibly wind, rain, ice and snow. It’s important that Angus residents are ready.

Angus Council is joining forces with partner agencies on Monday (November 28) at Tesco in Forfar to provide you with the information and advice you need to be Ready for Winter.

From 10am to 3pm, council officials, the emergency services, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Scottish Flood Forum, Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks and Voluntary Action Angus will be on hand to help you prepare for winter.

Please do not take your winter safety for granted this year – a recent YouGov poll found that 66 per cent of Scottish households felt they could be more prepared or were not at all prepared for winter.

Remember the horrendous weather around last Christmas and New Year? Heavy and prolonged rainfall brought flooding and damage across Angus and it is only six years since heavy snow and ice caused widespread disruption.

Angus Council has practical help and advice to keep you safe this winter when it comes to issues around travel and home safety, as well as flooding. They will show you their plans to keep the roads network open and advice about how to manage in a power cut.

You can also find out who is available to provide support for our more vulnerable residents and to help you avoid the scams and dodgy products that appear around Christmas time.

You could even learn to save a life with St Andrews First Aid and pick up vital CPR skills with a short lesson on what to do should someone have a heart attack.

In extreme conditions Angus Council will issue information through our website’s Weather Watch (http://www.angus.gov.uk/info/20269/emergency_planning_and_information/260/weather_watch) pages. They will also keep you informed through Facebook and Twitter