Get Ready for Winter

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Are you and your family prepared for severe weather?

Whatever the weather this winter, East Dunbartonshire Council is committed to keeping roads clear and maintaining public services. But the way to being properly prepared is knowing what you can do in your own home, and with your neighbours to minimise the effects of severe weather where you live and work. Don’t get caught out this year.

Cartoon image of  dog, house and car Our Roads Team is on standby 24 hours a day, and the duty officer checks a forecast website several times a day to help the team decide on gritting action. You can check our weather report and gritting plans on our gritting page which is updated every afternoon.

Even an average Scottish winter is likely to include cold snaps, snowfalls, ice, storms, high winds, heavy rain and fog so the Scottish Government has published information to help you and your family get prepared early.

Ready Scotland’s website contains practical advice and simple steps you can take to protect yourself, your family, your community and your business from the worst effects of poor weather.

Christmas Elf & Safety Tips

On the road

Prepare your vehicle. Make sure your car is ready for winter by carrying out some basic checks now.

Ideally, get your car a winter service, if not:

  • Check the anti-freeze and oil levels
  • Checks lights are working
  • Make sure your car has plenty of windscreen wash, to the right winter concentration, and wiper blades are working
  • Check tyre treads – they may save your life in poor conditions
  • Get your brakes checked

Kit out your car with the following items:

  • A warm blanket
  • Emergency food and drink
  • A torch
  • A shovel
  • De-icer and scraper
  • Tow rope
  • Mobile phone – make sure it’s charged

Further information on road works is available.


You can check the SEPA Flood Map for areas of potential flood risk in Scotland.

You are the first line of defence against floods, preparing for this can help protect yourself, your family, your property and possessions.

Get prepared

  • Prepare a flood kit of essential items such as a torch, first aid kit, blanket/warm clothing, medication, bottled water and a list of important contact telephone numbers
  • Know how to turn off your gas, electricity and water mains supplies

Take Action

  • Use SEPA’s Floodline for the latest information (0845 988 1188)
  • During an emergency, the council will issue sandbags to individual properties, if required. Contact 0300 1234510.
  • Move pets, vehicles and other valuables to safety when it is safe to do so.
  • Store sentimental and important items upstairs in a high place or a watertight container

Further information about flooding is available.


As well as ensuring our roads are safe, we have specialised gritters for footways. Footways retain grit longer than roads and therefore require treating less often. 

The main footway routes cover:

  • Main shopping areas
  • Footways adjacent to community centres and health
  • Footways near to sheltered housing and schools
  • Steep or particularly wet footways that create additional risk

Grit Bins

There are over 400 grit bins strategically located throughout the area which we regularly check and refill. These are for use by the public on roads and pavements and can be viewed using the interactive mapping facility on the Council website. If you want to request a grit bin in your local area, you can complete the grit bin request form. Additional grit is available from Broomhill Depot, Kilsyth Road, Kirkintilloch. This is a facility for members of the public to use, so please bring a shovel and container.

Your Telecare Community Alarm

For those residents with a telecare community alarm, check that your alarm is still working and connects to our response centre. You should also be aware that changing who provides your telephone line or upgrading your telephone line may affect your community alarm. If you are asked to change or upgrade your phone line, please contact us on 0141 776 8046 to discuss if your alarm is compatible with a new line before any changes are made. We have included a leaflet with more information about your alarm and your phone line.

Smoke Detectors

There are new regulations in Scotland for smoke alarms in houses which come in to force in February 2022. If you rent your home, your landlord is responsible for these changes. If you own your own home, you are responsible for making sure you have the correct alarms fitted. You can find out more about the new law on fire alarms on the Scottish Government website.

Being prepared for snow and ice

If heavy snow and ice may prevent you from leaving the house for a number of days, or from receiving your usual visitors, it is helpful to plan in advance. Make sure that you have plenty of your regular prescriptions and always renew your prescriptions before they run out. Always ensure that you have stocks of long-life food, enough for a few days, in case a trip to the shops is not possible. It is also helpful to keep the phone numbers of your landlord, housing association or Council housing repairs to hand in case emergency repairs are required. If you own your own home, have a telephone number for a plumber and electrician to hand.

If you are confined to your home because of the weather ensure you let your friends, family or neighbours know whether you are OK or whether you need any support.

Help your community

Please keep an eye on elderly and vulnerable neighbours during bad weather. If you’re worried about them, please call us on 0300 123 4510.

At Home

In the event of an emergency, our repairs service is available to Council tenants 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. Freephone 0300 123 4510.

If you’re not a Council tenant, it’s a good idea to have a telephone number for a plumber and electrician to hand.

Further information on dealing with an emergency is available.

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Website and social media

  • Any emergencies relating to road or school closures will be featured on here and on our social media
  • Covid-19: Our services will be subject to additional pressures this winter, due to the need to follow guidance on physical distancing, additional hygiene measures and potential self-isolation amongst staff. This may result in temporary service alterations.

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We hope you stay safe this winter and that you find the information we have included useful.