Things you can do in the home during severe weather

In the home

Being prepared for severe weather is something we all need to do – it takes only a few simple steps and could save you a lot of trouble later

Check out the Ready Scotand site for lots of handy hints and tips and try out the quiz.

  • Know how to turn off your water supply
  • Be prepared for severe weather by making your home more energy efficient, keeping it dry (protecting pipes and knowing how to turn off the water supply if you need to) and staying connected (keep a battery operated radio and a list of emergency contact numbers to hand)
  • Know how to turn off your electricity
  • If you live in an area at risk of flooding, plan how to make it harder for floodwater to get into the property
  • Make sure you have access to a shovel and salt or grit, for clearing snow and ice from paths and drives.

Get prepared at home by creating an emergency kit that contains what you need. Here are some things to include in your emergency kit:

  • Keep your mobile phone charged and where you can access it ie take it to your bedside in the evening.
  • Your household plan, including emergency contact numbers (add to mobile under quick dial where possible)
  • A battery operated torch and spare batteries (or a wind up torch)
  • A battery operated radio and spare batteries (or a wind up radio)
  • Candles and a lighter (keep away from children)
  • Any essential medication, some toiletries and a first aid kit (keep away from children)
  • Three days’ supply of bottled water and ready to eat food (that won’t go off)
  • Food supplies
  • Formula/baby food
  • Pet supplies
  • Copies of important documents like insurance policies and birth certificates
  • Pencil, paper, a penknife and a whistle
  • Spare keys to your home and car
  • Spare glasses or contact lenses 
  • Warm blankets