Communities urged to sign up for safety alert system

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Scottish Borders Council is advising people to sign up to the messaging system SB Alert to get winter weather warnings.

The initiative, which is supported by SBC, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and NHS Borders, was launched in October.

These have included missing person appeals, thefts of vehicles, drink driving messages and severe weather warnings.

With the Borders having experienced gale force winds, rain and snow over the weekend, and with further winter weather expected this week, SBC’s Emergency Planning Officer Jim Fraser is advising members of the public to sign up at www.sbalert.co.uk.

Mr Fraser said: “We are delighted with the response of the Borders public in signing up to SB Alert, the first of its kind in Scotland. It is proving a useful tool for the council and our partners to get messages directly to communities affected by crime and safety issues.

“We are able to directly alert those in an affected area and it is a great addition to the communication methods that we deploy.

“January and February are months when we often see the worst of the winter weather. We would encourage members of the public to sign up to SB Alert to get free updates via either email, text or phone.”

As well as signing up at www.sbalert.co.uk members of the public can also call 0300 100 1800.