25 May 2022

Irish Red Cross on standby in advance of adverse weather #beastfromtheeast

Irish Red Cross on standby in advance of adverse weather conditions

Irish Red Cross on standby in advance of adverse weather conditions

Red Cross off-road vehicles could be called into action to come to the aid of people snowed in or in need of help of this week's winter storm hits hard.

The Irish Red Cross has been requested by the HSE to identify its vehicle resources – namely road ambulances, off-road ambulances and 4x4 vehicles on a county-by-county basis in advance of the onset of the 'Beast from the East'.

The charity was also asked to assess its volunteer availability to crew these vehicles.

These requests were made of the charity’s voluntary ambulance division at a meeting of the National Emergency Co-Ordination Group (NECG) twhere similar requests have been made to other Irish voluntary emergency services.

Tony Lawlor, the Irish Red Cross’ National Director of Units said; 

“While both State and voluntary emergency bodies need to prepare for the ‘worst-case scenario’, the Irish Red Cross and other similar bodies have substantial experience in dealing with the expected conditions. The Irish Red Cross played a strong support role in the nationwide response to the heavy snow that fell in 2010 and 1982.”

The Irish Red Cross is an auxiliary to state statutory services in times of national emergency. During Storm Ophelia, 38 units of the Irish Red Cross were on standby across the country, a crucial measure given Irish Red Cross volunteers made 17 call-outs due to the extreme weather conditions.

These call-outs saw volunteers transfer patients to and from hospital and to nursing homes, while volunteers also facilitated transfers for essential hospital staff to work.

To continue reading this article for FREE,
please kindly register and/or log in.

Registration is absolutely 100% FREE and will help us personalise your experience on our sites. You can also sign up to our carefully curated newsletter(s) to keep up to date with your latest local news!

Register / Login

Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.

Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.