The Government today launched the ‘Be Winter-Ready’ 2018 -2019 Information Campaign focusing this year on building strong communities and looking out for the vulnerable.
The ‘Be Winter-Ready’ campaign 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 Ophelia, Emma, and Ali, 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.
The Office of Emergency Planning, in collaboration with their colleagues in the Department of Rural and Community Development, have designed and produced a leaflet on building strong communities. This leaflet is available on the winterready.ie website.
This year’s leaflet emphasises the role of local residents’ associations and community alert groups to prepare community responses to emergencies. It also encourages people to consider particularly vulnerable neighbours; for example, older people, families with young children, and people with disabilities or mobility problems.