Be Winter Ready 2019 - 2020 Campaign Launch

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Met Eireann Weather Warning

‘Be Winter Ready’

The Government on Wednesday 06 November 2019 launched the ‘Be Winter-Ready’ 2019 -2020 Information Campaign focusing this year on the different colour codings associated with Met Éireann weather warnings.


  • Additional beds for rough sleepers provided under Cold Weather Initiative
  • Financial support for businesses affected by flooding
  • 217,000 tonnes of salt available for country’s roads
  • ‘Continuity checklist’ for employers

The campaign was jointly launched by Minister with responsibility for Defence and Chairman of the Government Taskforce, Mr. Paul Kehoe T.D., Minister for Business Enterprise and Innovation, Ms. Heather Humphreys T.D., Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Mr. Shane Ross T.D and Minister with special responsibility for Housing and Urban Development, Mr Damien English T.D.


The main objectives of the ‘Be Winter-Ready’ information 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, and

- 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.


Through a dedicated website, 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





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