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S5W-13565: Alexander Burnett (Aberdeenshire West)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 19 December 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what emergency support measures are in place for people who could be affected by severe weather over the festive period.

Answered by: John Swinney 22 December 2017

The Scottish Government’s Resilience operation is active every day of the year, including weekends and public holidays over the festive period, analysing and responding as required to any weather and flood alerts that are identified by the Met Office and the Scottish Flood Forecasting Service.

In the event of severe weather being forecast, the Scottish Government Resilience Room (SGoRR) facility can be activated to support and co-ordinate an effective national response, supported by Transport Scotland’s resilience arrangements and other relevant parts of the public sector. Scotland’s network of Resilience Partnerships, which bring together emergency services, local authorities, health boards, utility companies and other responders, can also be activated at any time to co-ordinate the local response to the consequences of severe weather.

Detailed local resilience response arrangements are a matter for the statutory response organisations, including emergency services, local authorities and health boards.