20/10/17 – We received a statement from the HSE this afternoon in relation to Storm Brian:
A joint statement from HSE services in Cork and Kerry – Cork Kerry Community Healthcare; the South/South West Hospital Group, the National Ambulance Service and Emergency Management:
The Health Service Executive (HSE) is working continuously with An Garda Síochána, the Local Authorities, ESB Networks, Irish Water and other key agencies in the recovery phase of Storm ‘Ophelia’ and in the preparation phase of Storm ‘Brian’.
The HSE in Cork and Kerry would like to reassure the public that preparations are in place to react to the current and impending “Yellow” Rainfall and “Orange” Wind weather warnings associated with Storm ‘Brian’. As these warnings come in the wake of damage caused by the wake of Hurricane Ophelia, we are aware of the possibility of further disruption to the ongoing recovery across Cork and Kerry.
As part of those ongoing preparations, the HSE remains in constant contact and active engagement with all other relevant agencies, and again we would like to thank them for their continued work and support.
In particular, we are prepared for, and will continue to monitor, the potential impact of possible localised and / or coastal flooding. We are aware that appropriate measures are being put in place by the relevant Local Authorities (including the provision of sandbags, etc, where required); and that local road diversions may be required during any potential flooding.
At this time, we would like to reiterate the advice provided by Local Authorities and other agencies including An Garda Síochána, which includes exercising due caution whilst driving.
We are aware that the ongoing power outages in some areas can pose challenges for some vulnerable people using our services. We have been in touch with such individuals and appropriate interventions have been put in place. We would urge anyone who can, to check on those around them, particularly those that may need help or assistance. If you have an emergency, a severe injury or need urgent medical attention, please phone the emergency services on 112 / 999.
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