Helping our communities do more to cope in an emergency

When we’re hit by snow and ice, storms, or power cuts, what people do to help each other in their own communities can make a real difference.  With this in mind, Police Scotland and Midlothian Council carried out a public survey last September, asking what more could be done to help support volunteers in an emergency.

Public meetings

As a result, two public meetings have now been organised to help local people who may want to form their own resilience groups and to discuss potential emergency plans.

Everyone welcome

These will be held on Wednesday 16 January at Edinburgh College, Eskbank, from 6.30 to 8pm and on Monday 21 January in Penicuik Town Hall, again from 6.30 to 8pm.  Council officers will attend both meetings to talk about road and pavement gritting and clearing. You will also have the opportunity to hear from people who have already made resilient community groups work in their own areas.

Get involved

A range of skills are needed to make these groups work - things like driving to the chemist, making cups of tea and talking to people are just as important as helping clear snow from paths. If you think you might be interested in getting involved, come along to one of the meetings to find out more.

More information

  • Both venues are wheelchair accessible
  • If you need any additional support or information, contact PC Rona Duncan at Midlothian Council Communities Team
  • Phone 0131 271 3390
  • Email [email protected]
10 Jan 2019