Orkney Local Emergency Co-ordination Group (OLECG), made up of representatives from a broad range of organisations, including the emergency and public services, transport providers, the utilities and voluntary sector, continue to meet virtually during this pandemic.
Boating, swimming and other sea-based activities are now allowed once again in Scotland under the new guidelines, but please remember to respect the coastline.
Whatever your ability or experience in your chosen sport or leisure activity, the sea can still catch you out and be unmerciful when it does.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency want to make sure everyone stays safe. Dave Sweeney, Coastal Operations Area Commander – Area 1 Orkney and Shetland said: “If you get into trouble on the coast or at sea dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard. Coronavirus hasn’t gone away and we all need to follow the rules. Remember your choices might put people, including yourself and frontline responders at risk, so we urge you take extra care whilst using our coastline and coastal waters.”
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) have launched their campaign #MakeTheCall. They are urging people to help save a life and consider home fire safety when checking in on vulnerable neighbours, patients, friends and family members during lockdown and to put them in touch with SFRS wherever possible using the free Home Fire Safety Visit phoneline.
For full details follow this link.
Anyone who wants to book a free Home Fire Safety Visit can call 0800731999 or text ‘fire’ to 80800.
Visit Scottish Government website to check for the latest advice and guidance.