Day 2 of Storm Emma: Advice for older people in ongoing cold weather

A red weather warning remains in place for Leinster, Munster and Galway. This means you should not travel or go out on the roads.

Make sure to keep yourself safe if you are helping others. If you have an emergency, contact 999. For any other concerns, you can contact ALONE from 9am-9pm on 01 679 1032.

If you or an older person you know need to stay safe:

  • Stay inside until the bad weather passes.
  • Keep windows locked and pets inside.
  • Stay warm and keep the heating on as much as necessary. Electricity suppliers are confirming that pay as you go customers will not be cut off if they don’t top up.
  • Keep in touch with family members, friends and neighbours.
  • Keep in contact through radio, TV and the internet for updates.
  • Be prepared for power outages over the coming days as the bad weather continues.
  • Charge your mobile phone or any other devices you may need in case you lose power.
  • If you do not already have torches or matches, try to make do with what you have. Do not go out to get supplies.
  • Keep important supplies, like torches, in easy-to-reach places.

If you’ve lost power/heating:

  • Don’t panic. ESB will be aware of the outages in your area and will be in touch.
  • Consider whether you’re at risk. You may have enough heating/blankets etc to get by until the worst of the weather has passed.
  • Stick to using torches if possible. Burn candles responsibly and do not leave them unattended.
  • Call service providers, plumbers, or any other assistance you might need, or ask someone you know to call for you. Get advice on a temporary solution over the phone if immediate assistance isn’t possible.
  • If there is an imminent risk, call emergency services. For power emergencies call 1850 372 999.

If you have concerns about food:

  • Consider whether you’re at risk. You may have enough supplies to get by until the worst weather has passed.
  • Remember that the situation will pass.
  • Contact family, friends or neighbours close by that can help.
  • Check if there are local supports, such as shops, that are open. Someone nearby may be able to get or organise supplies to be brought to you.

If you’ve run out of essential medication:

  • Consider whether you’re at risk. You may have enough medication to get by.
  • Remember that the situation will pass.
  • Check if there are local supports such as a doctor or a pharmacist. Get advice on a temporary solution over the phone if immediate assistance isn’t available.
  • If you need essential medication urgently, or are in danger, call emergency services – 999.