Dumfries and Galloway Prepares for Winter

Dumfries and Galloway Council hosted a Winter Workshop on Wednesday (16 Nov), bringing together over 50 people from across the Local Resilience Partnership to discuss preparedness arrangements for the winter season.

The main aim of the event was to raise awareness amongst Local Responders and Stakeholders within our region. In addition the workshop also gave a number of agencies an opportunity to outline any plans in place to deal with severe weather over the coming months.

The day comprised of a blend of presentations from key partners and interactive scenarios which highlighted the challenges facing both responders and the wider community during periods of disruptive weather.

Over the past few years Dumfries and Galloway has faced various periods of extreme weather which have posed a challenge to all of us. It is events and exercises like these which help services and local communities to respond and be as resilient as we can.

Attendees included representatives from a number of Council services, NHS Dumfries and Galloway, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, SEPA, MCA, Scottish Power Energy Networks, Scottish Ambulance Service and Moffat and Galloway Mountain Rescue Teams.

Councillor Tom McAughtrie, Chair of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Communities Committee said: “Events like these highlight the importance of partnership working and building effective working relationships. During periods of disruptive weather we will be able to use the relationships and plans we have built up on days like these to solve problems quickly and efficiently.

Extreme weather conditions pose a risk to us all however, and it is therefore vitally important that our local communities also do their bit and be prepared for whatever winter may throw at them.
We all need to continue to work together to consider the implications of future weather events and climate change.”

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