A campaign to promote safety on the farm, on roads and in the home has been launched by the Government.

The ‘Be Winter-Ready’ campaign was launched by the Minister for Defence and Agriculture Simon Coveney at the National Emergency Coordination Centre in Dublin.

Through a dedicated website, advice is being made available from a number of sources including Government Departments and Agencies, An Garda Síochána, the Health Service Executive, the Office of Public Works, 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.

The main objectives of the ‘Be Winter-Ready’ information campaign are:

  • To provide practical advice 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.

In addition, the Office of Emergency Planning will be regularly tweeting during the winter period to augment the ‘Be Winter Ready’ campaign and farmers and the public are being encouraged to join in the conversation at #bewinterready.

All of the Ministers stressed that the main message that they wish to convey today is – “to be prepared, stay safe and know where to find help if you need it.”

You can look at the dedicated farming section of the booklet here.