Community resilience on the agenda

Fraserburgh Academy.
Fraserburgh Academy.

Community resilience was on the agenda at the Fraserburgh Community Council meeting which was held on Tuesday.

Aberdeenshire Council’s Area Project Officer for Banff and Buchan Ian Rogan attended the local meeting to discuss the possibility of developing response plans in the event of an emergency or disaster situation in Fraserburgh.

Mr Rogan said community emergency plans had been introduced by the Scottish Government but the plans had only been developed in a limited number of areas so far.

Mr Rogan told Community Councillors that the plans were about how communities recover from emergencies, but were not about trying to replace the work of the emergency services.

Risks which communities may wish to plan for include fire, floods and extreme weather, he added.

Mr Rogan suggested to the Community Council that talking to local people was central to taking the plans forward - especially in terms of who has the skills top help in such emergencies, who would be prepared to volunteer and which facilities could be used as rest sites in the aftermath of an emergency.

Community Councillors said they were very keen to pursue the idea of developing emergency response plans.