SSEN funds vital kit for volunteers

Ballater Resilience Group members Linda Drever and John Bolton with the new equipment
Ballater Resilience Group members Linda Drever and John Bolton with the new equipment

Volunteers in Ballater have received funding from energy company SSEN to help the community prepare for any emergencies,

Ballater Resilience Group has been granted just over £2600 to buy radio equipment for use in major events, such as Storm Frank.

The money has purchased a base station radio, located within the group co-ordination centre, and two types of hand-held radio – one for use within the rest centre, and the other by group members assisting out in the community.

The equipment will have a three-five mile coverage radius within the area and will provide vital communication in the event of a power failure or collapse of the mobile phone network.

Linda Drever, lead co-ordinator of Ballater Resilience Group, said: “We are very grateful to SSEN for the funding which will be vital to our community in the lead up to winter.”

Storm Frank devastated Ballater in 2015 when the River Dee burst its banks, flooding the village and damaging homes and businesses.

Shona Horn, SSEN customer relationship manager for North Caledonia region, said: “We recently supported a community workshop in Ballater to help build preparedness and resilience to the risks of flooding, so it’s great to see the community preparing so thoroughly.”