2017 - 2018 Be Winter-Ready Information Campaign Launched
Today, the Minister with Responsibility for Defence, Mr. Paul Kehoe, T.D., Mr. Simon Harris, T.D., Minister for Health, Mr. Shane Ross, T.D., Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Mr. Michael Ring, T.D., Minister for Rural and Community Development, Mr. Damien English T.D., Minister of State with special responsibility for Housing and Urban Development and Mr. Kevin 'Boxer' Moran, T.D., Minister of State with Responsibility for the OPW and Flood Relief launched the Government's 'Be Winter Ready' 2017-2018 Information Campaign at the National Emergency Coordination Centre in Dublin. Also in attendance were representatives from the various Departments and Agencies tasked with emergency response.
The launch coincided with a meeting of the Government Task Force on Emergency Planning, Chaired by Minister Kehoe, which dealt with winter-preparedness issues.
Through a dedicated website www.winterready.ie, advice is being made available from a number of sources including Government Departments, An Garda Síochána, the Health Service Executive, 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 a booklet which can be downloaded from the website.
The main objectives of the 'Be Winter-Ready' campaign are:
- To provide practical advice on how best to prepare for the coming winter.
- To ensure the public are aware of where advice and help can be found, if needed.
- To reassure the public that preparations are being made and arrangements have been put in place to ensure that there will be a coordinated response to severe weather events.
The Office of Emergency Planning will be 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.