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05/11/17 00:01

Resilience Week

Scottish public urged to plan ahead and prepare.

People across Scotland are being encouraged to think about their readiness for a range of emergencies – from severe weather to travel disruption, from keeping warm to keeping safe online.

Resilience Week 2017 will see the Scottish Government, emergency services and other key agencies join forces to raise awareness of the steps we can all take to get ready and stay resilient to a range of threats, including severe winter weather.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney, said:

“I would urge everyone to take just a few minutes this week to think about how prepared they are for the unexpected. Every one of us has the power and ability to make a real difference right now both for ourselves and for others.

“Take a moment to think about your home, your families, your neighbours, your friends, and about anybody you know who may be particularly vulnerable. Think about what would be useful to have in an emergency, and what simple steps you could take now to get ready and keep safe..

“Together we can ensure that Scotland responds to and recovers well from any emergency that confronts us.”

Bernard Higgins, Assistant Chief Constable for Operational Support at Police Scotland, said:

"Police Scotland, as a Category 1 Responder, fully supports the Scottish Government Resilience Week and is actively involved in planning for and responding to the array of emergencies that will be referenced over the course of the week.

“Police Scotland often co-ordinates the response to emergencies, but that response is delivered in partnership with other emergency services, wider Civil Contingency Partners, the voluntary sector and importantly, Community Resilience Groups and the wider public.

“During Resilience Week we will be supporting the campaign with events and messages as the week develops.  We look forward to engaging and informing the public on this important topic."

Background

Resilience Week runs from the 6 to 10 November.

Each day of Resilience Week will cover a different theme - resilience in the community and at home; severe weather; cyber resilience; transport; and health resilience. Find out more here.

You can also keep track of Resilience Week by following Ready Scotland on Twitter and Facebook, or through the #readyscotland hashtag.