There are many ways you can play an active role in keeping yourself, your household and your community safe and resilient.
For the most part, planning ahead of time is the best way you can contribute to overall preparedness and resilience within Stirling.
When faced with a crisis, many people will want to rush in and give assistance. Whilst admirable, it's important that you keep safe, and avoid placing yourself into dangerous situations. When a crisis hits, the emergency services will help where they're needed most. By assisting in a safe manner, you can make sure you don't need help yourself!
Volunteering your time ahead of a disaster can help organisations plan and coordinate available resources. We work with many organisations and groups across Stirling and beyond, to prepare and assist communities for when times are tough.
British Red Cross
'The community reserve volunteer program is a new volunteering opportunity allowing you to make a difference during a flood, fire or any other major emergency near you. Sign up today and take the first step towards being prepared in a crisis. Anyone can become a community reserve volunteer; no specialist skills are required and quick training is provided at the scene.'
Ochils Mountain Rescue Team
'We are a team of 35 mountaineers with specialist training. Our purpose is to locate and recover people who have found themselves in difficult situations in the outdoors. We make use of specialist helicopters and search dogs where necessary and our running costs are supported by donations and fundraising.'
Trossachs Search & Rescue
'Trossachs Search and Rescue was formed in 1998 and is a community-based charity whose primary area of operation covers the geographical rural expanse from Loch Lomond to Strathyre, Stirling to Balloch. However, we do support the emergency services and communities across Scotland with practical assistance or advice when asked. On behalf of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, we provide Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) dogs that attend building collapses to search for people concealed under rubble or other debris. Our USAR dogs were deployed at both the Stockline factory collapse and the Clutha Pub tragedy in Glasgow.'
This organisation also has an active map of defibrillators across the Stirling region.