It’s time to prepare for winter according to SBC

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As the tail end of Hurricane Gonzalo battered the country this week it’s a timely reminder that winter is on its way.

Scottish Borders Council is encouraging residents to prepare for winter now; in the home, before a journey, at work and in the community.

Scottish Government-commissioned research found that almost nine out of ten car owners believe they are prepared for an emergency, largely because three-quarters carry an ice-scraper and de-icer.

Seven per cent had experienced an extreme weather emergency in the past year, with higher levels in rural areas where neighbours worked together to help the more vulnerable members of society.

Ahead of a national roadshow visiting the Borders next week (Asda, Galashiels, Monday, October 27; Sainsbury’s, Hawick, on Tuesday, 28; and Sainsbury’s, Kelso, on Wednesday, 29) Councillor Gordon Edgar, SBC executive member for roads and infrastructure, said: “Scottish Borders Council is pleased to once again support the Ready for Winter campaign.

“It is vital everyone is prepared for every kind of severe weather that can be now thrown at them – it takes more than just putting a de-icer and ice-scraper in your car.

Regular updates www.scotborders.gov.uk/winter; SBC’s Twitter @scotborders (#ReadyWinter14); and www.facebook.com/sbcouncil.