Get­ting set for win­ter

The Galloway News - - CHURCH CELEBRATION - Stephen Tem­lett

A new coun­cil ini­tia­tive aims to tackle the im­pact of ex­treme win­ter weather.

Mem­bers of the com­mu­ni­ties com­mit­tee will to­day be asked to agree to im­ple­ment “Ready DG”, a pro­gramme which will look to min­imise the dis­rup­tion caused by flood­ing, snow and ice.

It will fo­cus on be­ing pre­pared for ex­treme weather, pro­tect­ing vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple, the con­ti­nu­ity of coun­cil ser­vices and pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for “fur­ther com­mu­nity re­silience” es­pe­cially in iso­lated ar­eas.

Martin Ogilvie, re­silience and com­mu­nity safety man­ager, will tell mem­bers: “Dum­fries and Gal­loway cov­ers a large ge­o­graph­i­cal area with many re­mote or iso­lated prop­er­ties and com­mu­ni­ties.

“In­creas­ing lev­els of ca­pac­ity and re­silience al­lows com­mu­ni­ties to mit­i­gate the im­pacts of se­vere weather in a way which com­ple­ments the work of the coun­cil and its part­ners.

“These ac­tiv­i­ties are of course vol­un­tary with no statu­tory pro­vi­sion; how­ever, the im­por­tance of build­ing in­di­vid­ual and com­mu­nity re­silience is well recog­nised, and we re­main at the fore­front of lo­cal author­ity led com­mu­nity re­silience sup­port in Scot­land.”

Those ac­tiv­i­ties would in­clude the of­fer for res­i­dents to be­come first re­spon­ders, sign­post­ing fund­ing streams for defibrillators in com­mu­ni­ties and get­ting peo­ple to sign up to flood alerts and the pri­or­ity ser­vices reg­is­ter from Scot­tish Power in the event of a power cut.

If agreed, in the next 12 months, fur­ther im­prove­ments would in­clude; sup­port­ing the po­lice to as­sist motorists stuck on the M74 and work with the Scot­tish En­vi­ron­ment Pro­tec­tion Agency to de­velop a flood early warn­ing scheme through­out the re­gion.

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