Agencies join forces to urge winter safety

Representatives of the agencies involved, including Mayor of Kerry, Cllr Niall Kelleher, at the launch of the campaign

AN inter-agency initiative involving Kerry County Council, An Garda Síochána, the Health Service Executive, Cork City Council and Cork County Council has been launched to raise public awareness about the challenges that winter can present.

The Be Winter Ready campaign will focus on the importance of being aware of weather conditions when driving in winter, encouraging vulnerable groups and healthcare workers to receive the ‘flu vaccine and the need for local authorities to salt roads in the event of cold weather.

Priscilla Lynch, chair of the inter-agency major emergency management regional working group, said by people working together can manage the various challenges caused by adverse weather conditions such as Storm Ophelia and Storm Emma.

“Past experience has shown us the value of planning together so that we can deal with whatever the winter period brings. As always, we remind everyone to take on board any warnings which are issued,” she said.

The webpage www.winterready.ie has useful tips and information for members of the public, including advice on how to avoid trips and falls and how to make sure your home and family are prepared for winter.

“As always, all the agencies continue to encourage people to consider particularly vulnerable neighbours; for example, older people, families with young children, and people with disabilities or mobility problems,” she added.

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