Red Cross urging islanders to be ready for winter

Red Cross staff present Stornoway woman Mrs Sandra Martin with one of their 'grab-bags' at Tesco, Stornoway this week.
Red Cross staff present Stornoway woman Mrs Sandra Martin with one of their 'grab-bags' at Tesco, Stornoway this week.
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The British Red Cross road show rolled in to Stornoway on Tuesday to help islanders get ready for winter and be prepared for the worst winter can throw at residents.

An information pack with handy hints and tips, a wind-up torch and a window ice-scraper were all contained within a special emergency kit ‘grab-bag’ which British Red Cross staff dished out at the Tesco store in Stornoway.

It was part of a week-long campaign between the Red Cross and the Scottish Government to help the nation get ready for winter.

The Red Cross road show is taking place at Tesco stores around the country. As well as loads of helpful advice and hints, the humanitarian organisation will be giving away practical items to help people to be prepared.

Norman McKinley, director of the Red Cross in Scotland, said: “Winter can be tough on everyone – especially vulnerable people – but there’s a lot we can do to prepare ourselves for extreme weather.

“The Red Cross, working with the Scottish Government, wants to help people get ready for winter and show them how easy it is. As an emergency response organisation, our volunteers help people who need it all year round, but we are especially busy in winter. We are very familiar with the difficulties snow and ice can cause the whole community.

“If everyone asks themselves how prepared they are in the home, on the road and in the community and takes steps to prepare for the season ahead, those difficulties can be greatly reduced.”

Find more information about the campaign and how you can get ready for winter, go to www.redcross.org.uk/preparescotland