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The Cork and Kerry Inter-Agency Major Emergency Management Region South is asking everyone to be ‘winter ready’ this year.  ‘Be Winter Ready’ is a co-ordinated campaign involving statutory agencies that aims to raise public awareness about the challenges that winter can present and encourages members of the public to make preparations in advance of the usual seasonal issues.

An Garda Síochána continue to highlight the importance of road safety during winter weather conditions.  Please ensure your tyres are road worthy and make sure all indicators and headlamps are clean and working.  Further information can be found at

Cork City Council and Cork County Council provide information on the salting routes which are treated in the event of severe weather. These routes can be found by visiting Cork County Council at and Cork City Council at Both Council’s also provide updates on conditions during Met Éireann weather alerts.

Cork City and Cork County Fire Services are asking householders to check that their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are working, and if they’re not already installed, to get them installed.

The HSE’s Cork Kerry Community Healthcare is encouraging the public to look after their health this winter. Protect yourself, your family and the health service by taking your vaccinations. Visit for details on how to get your vaccine.

The South/South West Hospital Group is asking members of the public to consider using Injury Units (including the Mercy University Hospital Injury Unit at the St. Mary’s Health Campus, Gurranabraher; the Mallow Injury Unit and the Bantry Injury Unit) when appropriate instead of presenting to the Emergency Department.

Lots more information on getting winter ready is available at

The Cork and Kerry Inter-Agency Emergency Management Region South includes An Garda Síochána, the Health Service Executive, Cork City Council, Cork County Council and Kerry County Council.  


HSE Cork Kerry Community Healthcare wish to advise that you may be entitled to free Flu and/or Covid vaccines if you belong to the following groups: age 65 and older; age 2 to 12; healthcare workers; pregnant; living in a long-term care facility; you or someone you live with has a health condition that puts you at higher risk of Flu and Covid; you are a carer for someone who has a health condition that puts them at higher risk of Flu and Covid; you are in regular contact with pigs, poultry or waterfowl. Flu and Covid vaccines are safe and effective and provide the best protection against infection. Please book your vaccination appointment as soon as possible