Friday, November 13, 2015

Be Winter Ready

Fine Gael TD for Meath East, Regina Doherty, has welcomed the launch of the ‘Be Winter-Ready’ 2015-2016 Information Campaign.

The Ratoath based TD said “today Minister for Defence Simon Coveney launched the Government’s ‘Be Winter-Ready’ 2015-2016 Information Campaign. The launch coincided with a meeting of the Government Task Force on Emergency Planning, chaired by Minister Coveney, which dealt with winter-preparedness issues.

“Advice and tips can be found at the dedicated website taking information from An Garda Siochana, the HSE, the OPW, Local Authorities, transport providers and various Government Departments. 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 redesigned “Be Winter Ready” booklet, which can be downloaded from the website.

“This campaign will play an important role particularly for some of our older family members and neighbours. Winter can be a long few months and can be even longer for some where heavy snow fall or flooding takes place. It is important that we all look out for each other in the coming winter months, but more importantly, as a Government we need to have a well-coordinated response to severe weather events.

“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 ‘hole 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.

Concluding, Doherty said “the main message on foot of today’s launch is to be prepared, stay safe and know where to find help if you need it.”

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