Bute Community Council is one of the first in Argyll and Bute to be given an emergency kit which will help if they need to implement their emergency plan. The kits include things like wind up radio, battery operated torches and foil blankets. More emergency kits will be handed out over the coming weeks.
It comes after all community councils were given a handbook last year to help them prepare an emergency plan in case of an incident. The plan includes details about people’s roles and responsibilities, public safety information and key risks affecting the area. The handbook has been prepared by the council, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, NHS Highland, HM Coastguard, Argyll Voluntary Action, Red Cross, WRVS, Scottish and Southern Energy and Scottish Power.
South Cowal Community Council will be next to launch their emergency plan and receive their kits on Wednesday at Innellan Village Hall.
Area leader for Bute and Cowal, Councillor Robert MacIntyre said, “Community resilience is vitally important so people are able to respond to and recover from an incident either alongside the emergency services or in their absence. The residents of Bute have experienced conditions where a community emergency plan could have helped and it’s encouraging for everyone on the island to know that if such an incident happens again, the community is prepared. The emergency kit includes vital equipment to get people through an unexpected incident and we are grateful to the Scottish Government for the grant which has allowed us to distribute them.”
Chief Executive of Argyll Voluntary Action, Glenn Heritage said “We have been supporting community councils across Argyll and Bute to prepare these plans which play a vital role in the event of an emergency situation. We are delighted to see that Bute Community Council has not only completed their plan but are receiving the kit made available through our Community Planning Partnership. In common with others, this community council was hesitant at the outset but have come through and demonstrated their commitment to this idea. We are delighted to have played a small part in their achievement and look forward to others following where Bute leads.”
Inspector Gordon Anderson from Police Scotland said, “Dealing with emergencies is what Police Scotland does on a daily basis. I know from experience that the extreme weather we have had in recent times has presented many challenges for us all. We have forged strong partnerships within Argyll and Bute which ensures people are kept safe. The development of a local community resilience plan for Bute is a key piece of work which I fully support. The plan will undoubtedly support the emergency response and subsequent return to normality and see more of our communities fully engaged in this process.”