A period of severe weather conditions is expected to hit the country this week. Snow and extreme cold are predicted, with a country-wide Status Yellow weather advisory, bringing challenges for communities across the country.
Please make sure you and your loved ones are ‘Winter Ready’ and prepared to face Storm Emma by following these tips:
- Have a small supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare foods, in stock
- Keep extra supplies of essential medication in case it is difficult to get to a doctor or pharmacy.
- Have an adequate supply of fuel for heating/cooking and if possible a suitable alternative should the main supply fail
- Have batteries for torches in the event of power cuts, or a supply of candles and matches. Candles should always be placed away from draughts and in proper candleholders. Never leave a burning candle unattended
- Have a water container to ensure a supply of drinking water and know how to turn off your water supply if necessary
- Keep your mobile phone charged-up and make note of local emergency contact numbers
- Have a suitable snow shovel (but any shovel or spade will do)
Try to call on older or infirm relatives or neighbours and offer to assist them in severe weather, as their condition could pose an extra set of challenges:
- Ensure that they have sufficient supplies of food and medications
- Ensure that they have sufficient fuel supplies to maintain adequate heating in their homes
- Ensure that they have access to power and water
- If you know someone with a disability, make yourself aware of their disability and ask them how best you can help them if required
- Try to arrange regular visits or phone calls so that they don’t feel isolated
- If you have any doubts about the safety of an older or infirm person seek the assistance of the Garda Síochána or local social services
Minister Ring has urged people to help the vulnerable prepare for the coming weather: “Older people and those living alone are often most vulnerable to these cold snaps.
“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.”
For more information on how to Be Winter Ready please download the helpful Winter Ready booklet from the bottom of the page and keep up to date with any further developments on Twitter by following @DeptRCD @EmergencyIE and #BeWinterReady.
You can also keep yourself informed of the latest weather developments from Met Éireann through weather forecasts and via Twitter @MetEireann.