Wicklow County Council’s severe weather co-ordination group met early this morning (Monday 16th of October 2017). The group comprises representatives from the Garda Siochana, HSE, Fire Service, Civil Defence and Council staff and is chaired by the Chief Executive, Mr Frank Curran.
It has been decided to close non-essential Council services including: libraries, civic amenity centres, civic playgrounds/skateparks, motor tax, planning department etc. The public is asked to stay away from these centres.
The following Council services are on standby:
- Outdoor crews
- Fire Services
- Civil Defence
In relation to services for the homeless, Fassaroe Community Centre is open today with volunteer staff. Five Loaves Bray is working and will provide meals etc. Any costs associated with this will be borne by Wicklow County Council.
Also, in preparation for the impending storm, the Peter McVerry Trust has put a provision in place across the region to assist rough sleepers. They have designated a number of sites in Dublin city and also Michael Garry House in Newbridge, Co Kildare, as part of the emergency response. Notifications will be up on the Petr McVerry website. Any individual or agency who comes across a rough sleeper should direct them to the designated locations.
The Council would encourage the public to remain indoors and to take the following precautions:
- All unnecessary travel should be avoided while the storm is passing.
- 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.
- 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 1850 372 999.
- People are asked to check in on isolated and vulnerable neighbours today 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 Council’s severe weather co-ordination group will be reconvening at 1pm today (Mon) to assess the developing weather situation. A further communication will issue following this using the Council’s various communications platforms, including website, social media etc.
Urgent calls can be directed to Wicklow County Council on 0404 20100 or after 5pm on 01 2916 117.