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Howwood Community Resilience Day

Why did you hold this event?

A training event was held on the 26th October to inform members of the Howwood Community Resilience Team about the roles of the emergency services, Renfrewshire Council and the community itself with regards to a major incident within Howwood
Community Council area.

What happened on the day?

Presentations were given by Group Commander Alan Stewart (a local resident) from the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service, who spoke about the roles of the emergency services; Mark Harris from Renfrewshire Council, giving the local authority role and a joint presentation from Bill David, Robert Scarsbrook on the Community Resilience Plan and Joe Graham on how the community plan fits into the new resilience structure and then the role of the community in rest centre management.

Who attended the event?

Twenty-two members from the local community attended, and following the presentations in the morning participated in a table top exercise after lunch.

What did the exercise identify?

The exercise was based on a severe weather incident and tested the recently completed Community Resilience Plan.

The exercise identified a number of work streams that it was felt required addressing in the future, including how best to identify vulnerable people in the community, how best to increase the number of volunteers to improve resilience and how to fund the work of the group in a sustainable way.

The feedback from the day proved very positive and has improved the confidence of the group in its response role.