Cork-Kerry Be Winter Ready campaign launched

Be Winter Ready Launch Cork Kerry region

Pictured above at the launch of the Cork Kerry Region Be Winter Ready campaign are Deputy Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Damien Boylan, Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr. Christopher O'Sullivan and Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr. Niall Kelleher, along with representatives of An Garda Siochána, HSE, Cork City Fire Service,  Cork City Council and Cork County Council.

The “Be Winter Ready” campaign for Cork and Kerry, an inter-agency initiative involving Cork City Council, An Garda Síochána, Health Service Executive, Cork County Council and Kerry County Council launched today.

A public awareness event took place at St Mary’s Primary Care Centre in Gurranabraher, Cork.

Be Winter Ready is a co-ordinated campaign involving statutory services to raise public awareness about the challenges which winter can present.

Priscilla Lynch, Head of Service Health and Wellbeing Cork Kerry Community Healthcare and the current chair of the Interagency Major Emergency Management Region South regional working group  addressed the launch. All the agencies involved circulated tips and information on preparing for winter.

Amongst the information promoted by agencies at the event was:

  • Cork City Council's Cork City Now messaging system where you can sign up for text and email alerts on severe weather, as well as on road closures and community events;
  • An Garda Síochána highlighted the importance of being aware of weather conditions when driving this winter;
  • Cork Kerry Community Healthcare highlighted the importance of vulnerable groups and healthcare workers receiving the flu vaccine;
  • The South/South West Hospital Group reminded the public to consider using Injury Units (including the Mercy University Hospital Injury Unit at the St Mary’s Health campus)
  • Local Authorities (Cork City Council, Cork County Council and Kerry County Council) promoted the salting routes which will be covered in the event of cold weather.

To sign up for Cork City Now messages, go to www.corkcitynow.ie

The web page 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. 

The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. John Sheehan said, "Over the last few winters we have experienced extreme weather conditions and it's important that we make sure that the members of the public are prepared for all eventualities that the winter can bring.  Storm Ophelia and Storm Emma really highlighted the level of planning and preparedness amongst the members of the Interagency Emergency Management and the work that they do to keep us all safe." 

Among those attending today included members of the Inter Agency Regional Steering Group, the Regional Working Group; Deputy Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr. Damien Boylan; the Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Christopher O’ Sullivan; Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr. Niall Kelleher along with Public Participation Network and Cork Age Friendly representatives.