Following on from the launch of the previous Government “Be Winter-Ready’ in 2019-2020 Information Campaign (which focused on the different colour codings associated with Met Éireann weather warnings), the public are being reminded once again on the particular challenges that winter present.
This yearly campaign, which is now an established and annual event impacting across the whole public services highlights the “Whole of Government” approach being taken to winter preparations. .
Importantly, the ‘Be Winter-Ready’ campaign informs the public of what is being done in relation to winter preparations and where they can source valuable information that can assist them through a difficult period.
This year’s ‘Be Winter-Ready’ campaign is focused on “Met Éireann’s Weather Warnings” and everyone is being asked to familiarise themselves with the various colour codings and what each means.
This main focus of the ‘Be Winter Ready’ campaign is about explaining this colour coding.
Status Yellow: While a Status Yellow warning is for weather that does not pose a threat to the general population this does not mean that caution should not be taken; it is potentially dangerous but on a localised scale. If Met Éireann issue a Status Yellow warning you should check if you are exposed to danger due to your activity or your specific location and you should take appropriate action to protect yourself.
Status Orange: A Status Orange warning may pose a threat to life and property with people in the affected area being impacted significantly. In this circumstance you should take advice from the Local Authorities and Gardaí and think about delaying or canceling your activities as appropriate. It may be useful to consider the impact of the weather event in advance and if there is anything that you can do to minimise the potential damage to you or your property.
Status Red: In the event that Met Éireann issue a Status Red weather warning you should take action to keep yourself safe.
It is important that businesses show a sense of awareness and preparedness, especially given the current cold weather warnings and a full copy of the information leaflet is available here: Winter-Ready-Weather-Warnings-leaflet.pdf (met.ie)