North Lanarkshire Council is asking residents to take time now to prepare for winter.
People are being urged to keep a supply of essential items, such as non-perishable food, water, medicines, nappies, baby food and pet food, at home in case bad weather prevents them from getting out.
They are also being advised to look out for neighbours who might be vulnerable, or on their own, and make sure they sre warm and have the shopping they need.
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Residents can also take action to avoid condensation, frozen and burst pipes at home, and are urged to have an emergency kit in their cars, with items like a warm coat, shovel, bottled water and non-perishable food.
Information and advice is available on the council and Ready Scotland websites to help people stay safe at home, on the roads and in communities; updates will also be provided @nlcwinter on X, formerly Twitter.
The local authority’s website also has information on cold weather payments, travel advice during severe weather, gritting policy and what to do in the event of a power cut.
“During winter, the council’s priority is to keep main roads and primary footpaths clear for residents travelling to and from work and schools by car or bus safely and to allow shops and businesses to operate,” said Andrew McPherson, depute chief executive.
“We provide daily updates and information on any services affected by winter weather, and we ask residents to be prepared and plan ahead now for any severe weather ahead.
“Winter can be a difficult time for older and vulnerable people so we would encourage everyone to support neighbours, friends and family by collecting shopping, checking they are safe and warm, or simply calling in for a chat.”
When severe weather is forecast, priority roads – ‘A’, ‘B’ and some ‘C’ roads, main roads in the vicinity of schools, access roads to hospitals, ambulance depots, main police stations and fire stations, and main bus routes – are treated.
The primary path network – urban shopping areas and main pedestrian routes remote from carriageways which link major residential, commercial, industrial and educational facilities – are treated before the morning rush hour.
News of roads and pathway gritting actions are published every day on the website and the @nlcwinter X channel, and real time gritting information is available online.
As the council doesn’t have the capacity to treat residential streets, grit bins are available in communities across North Lanarkshire for residents to keep their local paths and streets clear.
Salt is available at Household Waste Recycling Centres and at 14 community centres: Ian Nicholson Centre, Chryston; Salsburgh Community Centre; Shotts Leisure Centre; Burnhead Community Centre, Viewpark; Wishaw Sports Centre; Pivot Centre, Moodiesburn; Airdrie Leisure Centre; Sir Matt Busby Sports Centre, Bellshill; Time Capsule, Coatbridge; Croy park and ride; Newmains Community Trust Centre; Broadwood Leisure Centre, Cumbernauld; Kilsyth Sports Centre; and Aquatec, Motherwell.
Community resilience packs are available for voluntary organisations to use in their local areas in the event of severe weather.
The packs include items such as first aid kits, torches, snow shovels, foil blankets, gloves and high-vis vests.
To discuss how these packs can be obtained you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
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