Úsáidtear cuacha ar an suíomh gréasáin seo. Is féidir go bhfuil roinnt cuacha i bhfeidhm cheana. Le haghaidh tuilleadh faisnéise, léigh ár Ráiteas Príobháideachais. Tríd an suíomh gréasáin seo a úsáid, glacann tú leis an tslí a úsáidimid cuacha.
The government today launched the ‘Be Winter Ready’ 2019 -2020 Information Campaign focusing this year on the different colour codings associated with Met Éireann weather warnings.
The campaign was jointly launched by Minister with responsibility for Defence and Chairman of the Government Taskforce, Paul Kehoe TD, Minister for Business Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD and Minister with special responsibility for Housing and Urban Development, Damien English TD.
Also in attendance were representatives from the various departments and agencies tasked with emergency planning and response.
The launch coincided with a meeting of the Government Task Force on Emergency Planning, which dealt with winter-preparedness issues.
The ‘Be Winter Ready’ campaign, which is the ninth of its kind, is intended to raise awareness about the particular challenges that winter can present.
This is now an established and important annual event impacting across the whole public service.
The campaign highlights the ‘Whole of Government’ approach being taken to winter preparations. This sort of approach was seen during recent storms which posed challenges for communities, businesses, government departments and agencies.
Importantly, the ‘Be Winter Ready’ campaign informs the public of what is being done in relation to winter preparations and where they can source valuable information that can assist them through a difficult period.
This year’s ‘Be Winter Ready’ campaign is focused on “Met Éireann’s Weather Warnings”.
The Office of Emergency Planning, in collaboration with their colleagues in Met Éireann, have designed and produced a leaflet on these weather warnings. This leaflet and leaflets from previous Be Winter Ready campaigns are available on the winterready.ie website.
This main focus of this years ‘Be Winter Ready’ campaign is about explaining this colour coding.
Status Yellow: While a Status Yellow warning is for weather that does not pose a threat to the general population this does not mean that caution should not be taken; it is potentially dangerous but on a localised scale. If Met Éireann issue a Status Yellow warning you should check if you are exposed to danger due to your activity or your specific location and you should take appropriate action to protect yourself.
Status Orange: A Status Orange warning may pose a threat to life and property with people in the affected area being impacted significantly. In this circumstance you should take advice from the Local Authorities and Gardaí and think about delaying or canceling your activities as appropriate. It may be useful to consider the impact of the weather event in advance and if there is anything that you can do to minimise the potential damage to you or your property.
Status Red: In the event that Met Éireann issue a Status Red weather warning you should take action to keep yourself safe.
Minister Kehoe said:
The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government is the lead government department for the response to severe weather emergencies and has successfully led the response, at national level, to recent severe weather events including ex-Hurricane Ophelia and the severe cold weather and Storm Emma.
Speaking at the launch, Minister English said additional beds are being provided to rough sleepers under the Cold Weather Initiative:
Today’s meeting also heard of the importance of businesses showing a sense of awareness and preparedness this winter.
Minister Humphreys encouraged businesses to put a simple plan in place now to ensure they are best placed to deal with a severe weather event.
Minister Humphreys said her department has prepared a Business Continuity Checklist which provides useful advice to businesses, which is available on the department’s website.
And the Minister confirmed that small businesses, sports clubs, community organisations and voluntary organisations may be able to avail of financial support under an ad hoc humanitarian assistance scheme if they are affected by flooding and do not have insurance.
Such a scheme was recently launched to assist businesses affected by flooding in Donegal Town.
Minister Humphries said:
The severe winter of 2017/18 saw over 200,000 tonnes of salt used across our national, regional and local roads. Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) prepared in advance to ensure an adequate supply of salt was available and has continued to work with Local Authorities in advance of this winter.
Last winter was particularly mild – in fact the mildest in 21 years according to TII.
This year, 217,000 tonnes of salt are nationally available.
Speaking at the launch, Minister Ross said he had three key messages ahead of the winter months:
Notes to the Editor:
The main objectives of the ‘Be Winter-Ready’ information campaign are to:
Through a dedicated website www.winterready.ie, advice is being made available from a number of sources including government departments and agencies, An Garda Síochána, the Health Service Executive, the Office of Public Works, local authorities and the transport providers.
The advice has been categorised under various headings including: the Home, Road Safety, Schools, the Farming Community and the Business Sector. A synopsis of the information available has been compiled into an updated “Be Winter Ready” booklet.
All government departments and agencies have also been requested to promote the “Be Winter Ready” information campaign through their own websites and over social media and to regularly update their own preparations and information campaigns as a “Whole of Government” approach to winter preparations.
In addition, the Office of Emergency Planning will be regularly tweeting during the winter period to augment the ‘Be Winter Ready’ campaign. The twitter account can be followed on @emergencyIE and the public are being encouraged to join in the conversation at #bewinterready.