Winter's on its way so be prepared

At home, on the roads and in communities

Winter

Colder weather is here so now is the time for everyone to get ready for winter.

With our partner Amey, we are monitoring weather forecasts daily to assess when and where the road network should be salted.

A fleet of 31 gritter lorries and 27 tractors with gritting and snow clearing capacity are now on stand-by to treat roads and paths when required, with 20,000 tonnes of salt in storage.

In addition, more than 2,300 grit bins across the area have been filled for residents to help keep paths and local streets clear.

Schools have been provided with salt supplies to keep playgrounds and entrances clear of snow and ice.

Across the council, 85 4x4 vehicles are available to cope with snowy and icy conditions, particularly to help home care teams reach elderly and vulnerable people in poor weather.

"As temperatures drop this month, it's a reminder to us all to be prepared for the winter weather ahead," said Councillor Michael McPake, Convener of the Infrastructure Committee.

"The council has all its winter plans in place to ensure our services can manage the impact of winter weather conditions, and we're reminding residents to take time now to get ready.

"Don't wait until the snow and ice arrive, prepare now. If you drive regularly, have a winter emergency kit available, keep your mobile charged, and before setting out on any journey, check traffic reports and public transport information. At home make sure you keep a supply of non-perishable food, water, nappies and baby food, pet food and medicines.

"As always, we also ask residents to look out for elderly or vulnerable neighbours during the winter. A simple gesture like checking they're ok and offering to get any shopping they need, could make all the difference."

Information on gritting routes and any services affected by winter weather is available on online and by following @nlcwinter on Facebook and Twitter.

We have a clear priority system for treating roads and footpaths during winter; the main road network is treated first along with main roads around schools, access roads to hospitals, key police and fire stations, main bus routes and town centres. These priority routes cover 920 kilometres, 57% of the public road network in North Lanarkshire.

The Scottish Government's Ready Scotland web site also has useful advice and information on being prepared for winter.

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