Northern Isles MP Alistair Carmichael is calling on local charities and community groups to apply for a new fund which supports them during winter weather emergencies.
Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution has established a £300,000 Resilient Communities Fund to cover communities in the north of Scotland, including Orkney and Shetland. Non-profit making organisations, charities and community groups are all eligible.
The Resilient Communities Fund supports local projects that:
- Protect the welfare of vulnerable customers during a significant power outage or emergency weather event
- Enhance community facilities and services that may be used or instigated in the event of a significant power outage or emergency weather event
- Improve communication during an emergency situation to keep communities informed or aid contact between local groups and response services
Mr Carmichael said:
“Extreme weather that results in long power outages is a constant problem for the Northern Isles and significantly affect the most vulnerable residents. Those in remote areas who find themselves at the mercy of the elements often have to deal with the problems with no support and are reliant on the assistance of their neighbours.
“This fund can help to make community facilities more resilient and prepared – whether through installing a new cooker or providing cold-weather kits for elderly residents. These are simple measures that can go a long way to helping those worst affected by a sudden extreme weather event.
“I would strongly encourage local groups to look at the funding that is provided by SHEPD and consider making an application before the deadline at the end of July.”
Notes to Editors:
To find out more about the Resilient Communities Fund, or to download an application form, visit: www.ssepd.co.uk/resiliencefund. To check your network operator, please visit: www.ssepd.co.uk/Whoismynetworkoperator
SHEPD delivers electricity to around 750,000 customers in the north of Scotland. Our operating region covers a quarter of the UK landmass which attracts unique challenges both in terms of distance and location. As well as the major towns and cities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Inverness and Perth, we connect to most Scottish islands with over 100 sub sea cable links, including the Inner and Outer Hebrides, Arran and the Orkney Islands. We also serve the Shetland Islands, which runs as a separate electrical system without a connection to the mainland.
If customers do find themselves without electricity, the emergency contact number for them to call is 0800 300 999. SHEPD has an on-line service which will be updated live with details of any major interruptions to supply, providing real time information and advice for customers experiencing loss of supply. The website is available at http://www.ssepd.co.uk/Home/. Regular updates on our engineers’ progress can also be found on Twitter@hydroPD, Facebook – Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution and via our PowerTrack App, available on iphone and Android.