Getting set for winter
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.