Open meeting on Bute’s 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. (Pic - Ronnie Falconer)
Warnings of possible flooding on Bute on December 30 provided an opportunity to test elements of the island's new community emergency plan. (Pic - Ronnie Falconer)

An open meeting is to be held in Rothesay to give islanders more information about the contents of Bute’s community emergency plan.

The meeting, to be held at Rothesay Joint Campus on Monday, February 15 at 7pm, will provide an opportunity for anyone who wants to know more about the plan, or has any questions about its contents or how it would be implemented in an emergency situation.

The meeting will explain the key elements of the plan, give some examples of the types of emergency in which it might be put into action, describe how the Plan would be rolled out in an emergency, set out what might be expected from local emergency plan volunteers and - hopefully! - provide answers to any questions from members of the public.

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

Ronnie Falconer, Bute’s newly-apointed community emergency manager, will lead the meeting, while the team leaders who will cover the six areas into which Bute has been divided for the purpose of the plan - Rothesay East, Rothesay West, Port Bannatyne and Bute North, Bute East, Bute West and Bute South - will also be there to help answer questions.