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The Highland Council will trigger 'tried and trusted' plans for dealing with civil emergencies - such as those caus...
The Highland Council will trigger 'tried and trusted' plans for dealing with civil emergencies - such as those caused by severe weather - should any emergencies arise from the millennium date change in computers.

The council has its own plans for dealing with loss of power, flooding etc and is also represented on two multi-agency groups, namely the Highland Emergency Liaison Partnership (HELP) and the Highland and Islands Emergency Co-ordination Group.

Together with Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the council also sponsored a conference which looked at the implications of the millennium bug and the need to ensure computers are millennium compliant.

Andy Anderson, chairman of the council's information systems board, said: 'The council has its own programme to ensure its systems are millennium compliant and all other partners are similarly gearing up to cope with the date change at the millennium.

'We would therefore hope that this action will minimise the chance of disruption to essential services at the millennium date change.

'However, we will tackle problems caused by the millennium bug in the same way we would cope with an emergency arising from severe weather at this time of the year. These plans are tried and trusted and staff will be on stand-by to tackle these as and when they occur.

'We are very fortunate in the Highlands that we can call on the army and air force personnel in the event of an emergency.'

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