With a mild winter almost behind us, the future could hold a less than mild spring.
With the rough spring that has already battered much of the United States in the form of tornadoes and severe thunderstorms, Scotland must ask the questions of what spring will bring, and how prepared we are.
According to Andrew Slorance of the Sottish Government, Scotland is a mixed bag when it comes to weather with the risk being ”not so much seasonal” but that at any point there can be any sort of weather, from snow fall to rain and high temperatures.
The threat from weather in Scotland is primarily winter weather, often with prolonged periods of low temperatures and heavy rain fall. However, that is not the extent, with high winds, fog and mist, and flooding also causing problems for citizens.
Flooding is often problematic and can occur during any season, a lot of money has been invested in flood defence to protect low-lying land.
Scottish Government have a whole range of plans in place for the possible severe weather that could come up. They are prepared, tested and published on the website Ready Scotland, which is sponsored by the Scottish Government.
”The position we hold is ‘Hope for the best and prepare for the worst,” says Slorance. ” We try to be as prepared as possible… but hope it doesn’t happen.”
Scotland deals with instances of severe weather by devolving responsiblity to the lowest level with the local responder being the primary first responder. The idea is that the local council, the local police, fire and medial officials know the best way to keep their area safe during sudden severe weather.
They also work closely with the Met Office, in order to give as much notification as possible to the public. The Met warning system has changed within the past year, changing to a four color warning system. They even offer detailed suggestions for what to do during each of the warning types.
Slorance does say that every instance is different, but keeping the public safe is a top priority.