The Community Resilience Project exists in the case of emergency for residents living in the IV25 area along the Dornoch Firth. We have organised a buddy system for people to help those in need on their street in the event of an emergency such as a flood or long power cut. We have phones, blankets and dried food stored in preparation.
Why did we form this group?
In January 2015 when a violent storm hit the area, some homes were without power for up to 4 days. This highlighted the need for a locally prepared response to such events - and so Dornoch Area Community Resilience Group was formed in 2016.
Over the last few years, the Dornoch Area Community Resilience Group has organised a Rest Centre and a Street Buddy System to help our residents from the Mound to Whiteface in the first stages of a local emergency (for example: a power outage over 8 hours). In the event of an emergency, the team of volunteer Street Buddies (your neighbours) will contact or go out and check on people in their allocated areas and others will set up the Rest Centre in the Dornoch Social Club. We all now have a safe place to come for hot food, warmth and a comforting cuppa. It is a place where you can get up-to date information and advice on the emergency by dropping in or phoning our helpline. If you can, print out this page or note the phone number at the top down on the fridge and keep it somewhere safe. The Resilience Group and its resources has been instrumental throughout the pandemic, thank you to everybody for your support at such a challenging time.
Across Scotland communities are being encouraged to 'think ahead', to prepare for all kinds of severe weather, assessing the risks and developing plans to cope with adverse events. There is some great information from the Scottish Government here:
If you are interested in getting involved with this project, please get in touch with Charles: firstname.lastname@example.org