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Businesses urged to prepare for winter weather

Councillor Eddie Devine

Renfrewshire businesses are being advised to prepare early for severe weather this winter by taking precautionary measures.

Councillor Eddie Devine

Councillor Eddie Devine

As part of Renfrewshire Council’s #RenReady campaign, businesses are recommended to consider how well they are equipped to deal with an emergency incident.

Creating a business continuity plan will help understand and manage the risks faced by the organisation in the event of extreme snowfall, flooding or similar.

80% of businesses affected by a major incident (that don’t have business continuity planning arrangements in place) either never re-open or close within 18 months.

Businesses are also advised to prepare a grab bag with essential items which can be easily accessed should the premises be evacuated or is unable to be accessed.

Items such as a copy of key contact information, copies of insurance documentation, company cards and a copy of the business continuity plan can be included to ensure resilience can be achieved following an emergency.

Organisations are also encouraged to be aware that harsh weather conditions could leave staff unable to travel to work and therefore should evaluate the risks and provide solutions to being understaffed during this time

Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board said: “It is important that our businesses are able to remain open no matter the weather and we will do all we can to assist in making this possible during the winter period.

“We have a committed workforce on call 24/7 to keep our roads clear of dangerous snow and ice but we also recognise that there are other hazards which can affect normal business operation.

“Clearing the pathways and areas around your premises will allow regular operation to continue to the benefit of Renfrewshire, your business and the community.”

Business owners looking for more information on winter safety on their premises can go to www.readyscotland.org.

For more information about the Ready for Winter campaign, including how your business can be prepared for the winter period, go to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/prepareyourbusiness

Updates on gritting and winter weather advice are also available on Renfrewshire Council’s Twitter @RenCouncilNews and Facebook page www.facebook.com/renfrewshirecouncil and use the hashtag #RenReady.