Selkirk set to be more resilient

The data will enable near real-time forecasts for sectors like insurance, transport and shipping
The data will enable near real-time forecasts for sectors like insurance, transport and shipping

Selkirk is another step closer to organising its own resilient community team, a group to be primed to help townsfolk in times of emergency, such as flooding or heavy snow.

At a recent meeting in the town’s parish church hall, Scottish Borders Council’s assistant emergency planning officer, Kevin Sewell, took the nine attendees through the next steps.

That led to eight of them volunteering their services as co-ordinators.

They are now charged with finding at least five people who they can mobilise in times of emergency.

The meeting was organised by community council chairman Alistair Pattullo and community councillor Graham Easton.

Mr Pattullo said: “It was all positive, a very good meeting.

“We are next meeting up at the end of August, where we will take on the next steps.”

Mr Easton said: “We also intend to sign up to the Scottish Borders Alert community messaging system.