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Dumfries and Galloway Major Emergency Scheme

The Major Emergency Scheme (MES) brings together a wide range of organisations and services who have a part to play in responding to emergencies.

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The emergency services, local authority, health services, government departments, industry, environment protection groups, utilities, transport organisations and the voluntary sector all have crucial roles to perform.

The Scheme is managed through the Dumfries and Galloway Strategic Co-ordinating Group (SCG) for civil contingencies. This is the area's most senior management group, in accordance with the legal requirement of the Civil Contingencies Act 2004.

The Scheme helps us all to understand each others' roles, and how we can all work together in times of crisis. Through the Major Emergency Scheme we aim to be as ready as possible for a major emergency or disaster.

The Strategic Co-ordinating Group endorses the following vision statement with a link to the Scottish Government 'safer and stronger' theme and in line with D&G's overall strategic community planning:

'A more resilient, safer and stronger Dumfries and Galloway'.

Main documents - generic arrangements

The aims, roles and the responsibilities of partners in the Scheme are outlined in the pdf icon MES Partners Document [606kb] and supporting document, pdf icon Annex A - Partner Roles and Responsibilities [610kb].

The overall arrangements for dealing with a major emergency are detailed in the pdf icon Emergency Response and Recovery Arrangements [1Mb] document.

An overview of the way partners in the MES work together to prepare and plan for emergencies is provided in the pdf icon Preparing for Emergencies [393kb] document.

Supporting Documents

You will find examples of the more detailed information about how we prepare, respond and recover in the following documents:

Past Incidents

Past Incidents in Dumfries and Galloway. Find out more

How you can prepare for emergencies

There is much that you and your family can do yourselves to help you to:

  • Prepare for major emergencies
  • Protect yourself from major emergencies
  • Recover effectively from major emergencies

Find out more here

Related Information

Contact Details


Safety & Resilience

43 Newall Terrace

Tel: 01387 260046
Fax: 01387 265467
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External Links

Contact Dumfries and Galloway Council T: 030 33 33 3000

Council Offices
English Street

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