A new flood warning service for the east coast of Scotland has been launched.
Twenty-eight coastal areas connected to the firths of Forth and Tay will be covered by the service offered by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa).
Residents from the Scottish Borders to Angus can receive advance flood warnings to their phone, 24 hours a day.
A campaign to encourage people to sign up to receive the free warnings was launched in Edinburgh.
Dr David Pirie, Sepa's director of science and strategy, said: "We are delighted to launch the new coastal flood warning service for the firths of Forth and Tay. It represents a major investment in building community resilience to coastal flooding. As we saw before Christmas, this can cause significant disruption and damage so it's vital we are aware and prepared for it."
Sepa said the new scheme is a development of its Floodline service which has seen more than 14,000 people sign up to it since it was launched. Communities along the estuaries on the east coast in Angus, Tayside, Fife, Falkirk, Edinburgh, East Lothian and the Borders are covered by the service.
Anyone connected to the 28 areas, whether they live or work there, or travel through them, is encouraged to sign up to receive alerts on the likelihood and timing of any flooding threat.
Officials said the warnings will give people valuable time to take action to protect their families, homes and businesses from the damage flooding can cause. The scheme also allows people travelling through flooded areas to make alternative arrangements if their usual routes are disrupted.
There are 125,000 properties at risk from flooding in Scotland, the equivalent of one in 22 homes and one in 13 businesses, Sepa said. Coastal flooding has affected many communities along the east coast in recent years, including in Kirkcaldy, Musselburgh and Arbroath.
Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse said: "Advance warnings can make a huge difference and I'm delighted that we now have the first ever coastal flood warning service for the east of Scotland. This new scheme is a crucial step to make sure local communities are informed and ready well in advance of any potential flooding."