Flooding in Dumfries & Galloway in 2009.
Elected Members agreed to fund a Community Resilience Advisor
post who's remit was to better prepare communities for emergencies
and winter weather. We developed the Winter Equipment Project which
gave community groups free winter equipment, advice and better
This is an ongoing project but so far communities feel more
confident about the winter ahead if they are better prepared and
have resources and communication links prior to the event.
What did you learn?
Changing people's mindsets can be challenging. Communities can
take a view that the Council should be doing for them as opposed to
What made it work?
Expanding on the enthusiasm of communities, face to face contact
with community groups to explain benefits. Ongoing communication
builds trust and understanding. In first year 121 applications from
across the region for 254 grit bins, 115 footway spreaders and 291
snow shovels. Continued funding into 2nd year with a view to
expanding to schools.