A Scottish council has set out contingency plans to deal with a real life Sharknado after a fan of the Syfy channel movie demanded assurances about how they would deal with a similar catastrophe.
The ground-breaking cult horror movie, starring Tara Reid and Ian Ziering, has taken both America and Britain by storm with its implausible plot about a tornado whipping up killer sharks from the ocean and depositing them on the streets of L.A.
It has now emerged members of Glasgow City Council in Scotland have come up with a detailed plan to deal with such an incident after a delusional fan contacted them with an official request for information.
A statement from the council reads, "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 (weather office) and SEPA (Scottish Environment Protection Agency) severe weather and flood early warning systems."
Rob McMillan, the fan who submitted the information request, tells Britain's Daily Record, "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 humored and informative response."