With a Status Red weather warning for Galway and Clare, and Orange and Yellow warnings for other parts of the country as Storm Jorge hits, here is some advice for staying safe.

  • Monitor Met Éireann forecasts for your area, as well as your local authority website
  • Be aware of weather conditions and heed safety warnings
  • Keep your Eircode to hand as it is helpful in times of emergency
  • Very strong winds could make driving conditions hazardous, especially for cyclists, pedestrians, motorcyclists and high-sided vehicles
  • Check vehicle tyres and turn lights on
  • Do not drive through any flooded areas - be particularly vigilant near bridges and rivers
  • If trees fall, electricity lines will come down. If a tree is down be careful as live wires could be there too
  • Stay away from the edge of coastal areas, as well as cliffs, harbours, marinas, piers, rivers, lakes and breakwaters
  • Power cuts are possible - charge phones and powerbanks, and check batteries in torches
  • If power goes, use LED candles, not real ones
  • Have your Meter Point Reference Number (MPRN) to hand when contacting ESB Networks. The MPRN starts with the digits 10 and is shown on the bill from your electricity supplier
  • Check for any loose roof tiles and put away or tie down any loose items in gardens
  • Clear loose debris from gutters and drains to avoid blockages. Trim any bushes or small trees that could cause damage
  • Know where to switch off electricity, gas and water supplies
  • Check on isolated or vulnerable neighbours and family members


Useful resources and contact numbers

Roads

Road Safety Authority Tel: 096 25800 / Lo-Call: 1890 40 60 40 

AA Roadwatch

Services

ESB - To report an outage Tel: 1850 372 999 / 021 2382410

Gas Networks Ireland - Tel: 1850 20 50 50

Irish Water supply - Tel: 1850 278 278 / 01 7072828

Rescue services

In an emergency dial 999 or 112

Mountain Rescue