Glasgow Prepares For Sharknado Attack

Residents of Glasgow breathed a sigh of relief this week as the council revealed a detailed emergency plan in the event of.....


For those of you joining us from an internet vacuum; Sharknado is a delightfully terrible Syfy (that's how the spell it now) low budget movie that recently aired. Basically there is a Tornado full of Shark that devastates Los Angeles and more notably Tara Reid.

The film caused an internet meltdown and has been watched by millions of viewers – including Glaswegian Rob McMillan.

The Glasgow Daily record reports, "The movie buff was so concerned about a Sharknado hitting Glasgow that he contacted council chiefs asking what they would do in the event of a similar disaster."

Rob submitted a Freedom of Information request on August 8 – and the council replied with a detailed plan of action.

The council said: “Glasgow City Council is unaware of the term ‘Sharknado’.
“Assuming it means that a tornado-style waterspout would lift sharks from the water with enough force to disseminate them across the city, causing potential hazards for citizens, then the following processes could cover the planning for and response to such an incident.

“Glasgow City Council, in line with the Civil Contingencies Act 2004, works in collaboration with partner agencies to carry out risk assessments across the city council area. These assessments cover elements associated with severe weather, coastal flooding and animal-based risks.
“Whilst each of these three generic risks is rated as high, there is no specific risk identified for Sharknado within the Glasgow City Risk Register.
“The risks being rated as high mean they carry control measures and, where appropriate, specific contingency planning.
“With regards to weather and flooding, the control measures in place for incidents related to a tornado-style waterspout would be based around the Met Office and SEPA severe weather and flood early warning systems.”
Rob, 28, from Dennistoun, said: “I watched the UK premiere of Sharknado last Wednesday and I’ve been barely able to sleep at the prospect of a Sharknado in Glasgow. Such was my level of fear, I had to contact the city council immediately.

“It was a relatively good humoured and informative response – but I was a little disappointed they don’t have a specific action plan for this particular threat.”