Emergency plan reliant on volunteers

Island residents are being asked to sign up as volunteers to assist in the event of an emergency situation on Bute.
Island residents are being asked to sign up as volunteers to assist in the event of an emergency situation on Bute.

The man responsible for overseeing the management of the island’s emergency plan has called for more of Bute’s residents to get involved.

Ronnie Falconer, community emergency manager (CEM), told those present at a meeting on Monday evening in Rothesay Joint Campus: “We’ve got a list of volunteers who provided information on particular skills they have which might be relevant, transport they could make available, etc., and the compilation of that list is at the heart of our plan. We have 50 volunteers so far, but we’re keen to have as many as possible.

“We’re working on voluntary support. All the volunteers are giving their own time to help the community become better prepared.”

The Bute Community Emergency Plan, which came to fruition following the storms of January 2012 which saw the island without power, in some places for up to a week, was finalised last year under the direction of Bute Community Council with input from bodies including Bute Advice Centre, Bute Community Links, the council’s social work department, and the emergency services.

The purpose of Monday’s meeting was to provide an overview on the plan itself, how it will be implemented, and ways in which members of the island’s community can become involved.

If you’d like to register as a volunteer for the implementation of the Bute Community Emergency Plan, visit Bute Advice Centre.

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