Key Public Safety & Information Message as Hurricane Ophelia approaches #ophelia

Issued by Ireland's National Emergency Coordination Group

By Conor Ganly

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By Conor Ganly

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news@leinsterexpress.ie

The National Emergency Coordination Group met today (15 October 2017) in anticipation of the arrival of Storm Ophelia has issued the following key Public Safety & Information Messages

  • All unnecessary travel should be avoided on Monday, while the storm is passing..
  • Don’t travel in Red level warning areas during the height of the storm unless absolutely necessary, and take due care if travelling in all other areas. Listen to local radio and national media broadcasts regarding the current weather situation. 
    High seas predicted, the public are advised to stay away from coastal areas during this period.
  • Very strong winds are predicted making driving conditions hazardous, especially for the more vulnerable road users, e.g., cyclists, pedestrian’s, motorcyclist and high sided vehicles. Road users should pay particular attention to the risk posed by fallen trees and flying debris.
  • Given anticipated weather conditions, tomorrow should be a no bike day.
  • Power outages are likely to occur in certain parts of the country, with contingency planning activated by the ESB.  The ESB is advising the public to stay away from fallen cables that may have broken due to the high winds. ESB Emergency Services can be contacted at 1850372999.
  • Bus Éireann’s schools transport services will not be operating in counties covered by Red level warnings. Because of the duty of care owed to children and to avoid the risk arising from travelling, the Department of Education and Skills is instructing all schools to act on the Department‘s advice and remain closed. Crèches and Montessori facilities should also remain closed tomorrow.
  • People are asked to check in on isolated and vulnerable neighbours today in advance of the oncoming severe weather conditions and again after the worst of the event has passed.
  • People are advised to remove patio furniture, rubbish bins and any loose items from around buildings, which can be turned into missiles by the wind.The public are again reminded to monitor Met Éireann forecasts for their area and to be aware of the weather conditions and to heed safety warnings. Information is available across social media platforms and other traditional media sources. 

The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government is designated as the Lead Government Department for coordinating the response to severe weather emergencies at national level.

The National Emergency Coordination Group is monitoring the situation and will meet again tomorrow morning, 16 October, to monitor the developing situation.