Agencies across the North-east are gearing up for the onset of winter and are reminding residents to make sure they are prepared.
Emergency services and local authorities are keen to encourage everyone to be ready for wintry conditions which can arrive without warning in the region, much earlier than other parts of Scotland.
The Grampian Strategic Coordinating Group, a multi-agency response team which prepares for and supports the response in an emergency, have worked together to develop guidance for people to use when preparing for sever conditions.
The advice includes important steps everyone should take to keep themselves safe, and focuses on the home, travel, community and business.
Public agencies have also done their part in preparing for winter, making sure that salt and grit is fully stocked, checking their vehicles and reviewing their procedures to enable them to be fully prepared.
Information will be made available on all the public agency websites, through social media and will be well publicised throughout the area.
On behalf of Grampian Strategic Coordinating Group, Chief Constable Colin McKerracher said: “Although this year we have not seen much of summer, we are all too aware that winter can approach us quickly in Grampian
“Whilst public agencies will carry out their duties to the full, it is important that everyone takes some personal responsibility for making sure they are ready for winter weather.
“Although last year was not too severe, previous winters caught many people out and we all need to do our bit to make sure we don’t get caught out by the weather again.
“I encourage everyone to consider at this early stage what they need to do to be prepared for winter weather and take steps now so that you, your family, your community and your business are prepared.”
Information about preparing for severe weather is available at www.readygrampian.org/ and on each of the public agencies websites.