Whenever there’s an emergency in Scotland, a number of different organisations immediately start working together to tackle it.
Depending on the nature of the incident, this might include Police Scotland, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Scottish Ambulance Service, health boards, local authorities, Integration Joint Boards (health and social care), the Scottish Environment Protection Agency or the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.
Working together, these organisations form a ‘resilience partnership’, which helps them to coordinate, collaborate and share information. Partnerships may also include organisations involved in the energy, telecoms, transport, and water sectors, as well as local or national volunteer groups.
Standing regional and local resilience partnerships meet year-round across Scotland to plan for emergencies and to take part in exercises to test those plans. The Scottish Government supports them with guidance and practical help through our embedded teams of Resilience Partnership coordinators.
The Scottish Resilience Partnership
The Scottish Resilience Partnership (SRP) is a core group of the most senior statutory responders and key resilience partners.
The group acts as a strategic policy forum for resilience issues, providing collective assurance to Ministers that statutory responders and key resilience partners are aware of significant resilience gaps and priorities, and are addressing these. It provides advice to the resilience community on how best to ensure that Scotland is prepared to respond effectively to major emergencies.
The National Centre for Resilience
Scotland's National Centre for Resilience (NCR) is a cross sector partnership, spanning Scottish universities, the Scottish Government and responder organisations.
The NCR supports a network that connects researchers, policy makers and responders, and works to improve our understanding of the impacts of natural hazards in Scotland. The NCR is an academic research hub, and commissions new projects to address real life issues related to natural hazards in Scotland.
You can find out more about the NCR on their website, or by following them on Twitter @ResilienceScot.