The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Mr. Michael Ring TD, has reminded people of the need to look out for older and more vulnerable members of their community during the cold snap which has been forecast for this week. Snow and extreme cold are predicted this week and a Status Yellow weather advisory for the whole country has been extended and is in place until March 3rd at 6pm.
Minister Ring said: “All indications are that we are facing into a period of extreme weather. Older people and those living alone are often most vulnerable to these cold snaps.
“It’s important to look out for older people not only in isolated rural areas but also in built up urban areas. I urge people throughout the country to check in on your neighbours by phone or, if possible, in person. It is particularly important to check if people have enough food, fuel and medication.
“Bad weather can make it challenging and indeed risky for older people to get out for provisions so it really helps to do a run to the shops for them.
“I also urge older people that have personalised alarms to ensure they are wearing them at all times so that people can be alerted if anyone gets into trouble.”
Last year Minister Ring’s Department allocated €2.7 million for the Seniors Alert Scheme which provides personalised alarms to people over 65. Over 10,000 alarms have been installed since the launch of the scheme in October.