Community of Monreith ready for anything

Cllr McColm with Monreith Community Resilience Team outside the village hall
Cllr McColm with Monreith Community Resilience Team outside the village hall

The community of Monreith has become the 50th in the region to form a resilience plan to protect itself against a crisis.

Monreith, Crossmichael and Carsphairn Community Resilience Groups were the 50th, 51st and 52nd such groups to finalise the plans, put in place after heavy snow and flooding in recent years.

With many communities being cut off from help and suffering a loss of power for several days, Dumfries and Galloway Council sought funding from the government to help pay for resilience packs which include snow shovels, wind-up torches and radios.

The packs are being delivered to communities which have developed a plan, and as well as items for help, the authority assists with regular training and exercises for locals to aissist first responders.

Assistance and guidance is also provided in submitting funding bids for equipment.

Wigtown Area Committee vice chair, Councillor Jim McColm, said: “Those communities who have participated in the Community Resilience programme locally are to be commended for their dedication and vision.

“The diverse nature of our region and the challenging weather conditions we often face emphasise just how important it is for everyone to be as resilient as they can be. Encouraging people to be mindful of friends, family and neighbours is a fundamental part of our wider priority to help protect vulnerable people.

“Thanks to the hard work of our Council and communities we are more ready than ever before to cope with challenging situations when they arise in our region”