Aberdeenshire Council is overseeing the distribution of £1m of limited funding provided by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) to support community resilience.
The energy company has set aside funds to help households, households and communities become more resilient when a major accident or emergency strikes, with a special focus on vulnerable groups.
Members of the Aberdeenshire Council Communities Committee heard at their last meeting that a list of extension projects had been discussed with SSEN and supported by the company, and that community resilience workshops would be held, with the participation of counsellors, community groups and partner organisations.
There was also reference to the development of the Council’s strategy on community resilience, which will focus on access to information, enhancing skills and knowledge of community groups and individuals, and access to facilities and equipment, particularly for those at risk.
The goal is to help communities become more resilient in the first 24-72 hours of an emergency while coordinating relief efforts.
Part of this will include developing emergency packages that can be distributed when an emergency situation occurs.
Councilors welcomed the funding, calling for the development of “offline solutions” that can support communities when there are serious issues such as whether they lead to loss of power, internet and/or mobile signal.
Cllr Committee Chair Anne Stirling stressed the importance of involving community planning teams in community resilience efforts and was told how work is already underway to integrate the council’s place strategy goals.
Discussions are ongoing with community learning and development colleagues to identify vulnerable people who are hard to reach in communities, and a project officer role has been created to support resilience efforts.
It has been agreed that Aberdeenshire Council’s six district committees will receive fortnightly reports with updates on which projects have received funding from the scheme in their respective districts.
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