Bute emergency plan meeting on Monday

Warnings of possible flooding on Bute on December 30 provided an opportunity to test elements of the island's new community emergency plan.
Warnings of possible flooding on Bute on December 30 provided an opportunity to test elements of the island's new community emergency plan.

Bute residents will be able to find out more about the island’s community emergency plan at a public meeting in Rothesay this Monday, February 15.

The meeting takes place at 7pm at Rothesay Joint Campus, and will be attended by community emergency manager Ronnie Falconer and volunteer team leaders from around the island.

The plan was initiated by Bute Community Council, and drawn up with help from a variety of statutory bodies, local groups and individuals, in response to the storm of January 2012 which left the island without power for the best part of three days.

It has already undergone a ‘dry run’ after high tides on December 30 last year provided an opportunity to test the readiness of the organisations and volunteers who would be involved in putting it into action.

The plan divides the island into six areas for response purposes, with team leaders and volunteers in each area to call on people who might be particularly vulnerable in the event of a major loss of power supplies or other emergency situation.