The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Mr. Alan Shatter, T.D., launches the Winter-Ready Information Campaign

9th November, 2011



Today, the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Mr. Alan Shatter, T.D., launched the Winter-Ready Information Campaign at the NationalEmergency Coordination Centre in Dublin. Also in attendance at the launch were Mr. Phil Hogan T.D., Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government and Mr. Leo Varadkar T.D. Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, together with representatives from the various Departments and Agencies tasked with emergency response.

The launch coincided with a meeting of the Government Task Force on Emergency Planning, Chaired by Minister Shatter, which dealt with winter-preparedness issues.

This is the first time that such a campaign has been undertaken. Through a dedicated website, advice is being made available from a number of sources including Government Departments, An Garda Síochána, the Health Service Executive, 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 a booklet which can be downloaded from the website.

The main objectives of the campaign are:

·       To provide practical advice to 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.

·        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.

Minister Shatter said that the main message that he wished to convey today is – to be prepared, stay safe and know where to find help if you need it.

Carlow Fine Gael TD, Pat Deering, welcoming the launch said “the role of the Government Task Force on Emergency Planning is to support coordination of emergency planning across Government Departments and Agencies and to provide a forum for keeping emergency planning high on the agenda of all Government Departments. Let’s hope there won’t be the same need as the last two winters but we have to be ready in any event”