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The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Mr. Alan Shatter T.D., and the Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, Mr. Leo Varadkar T.D., launch the ‘Be Winter-Ready’ 2012 -2013 Information Campaign

Today, the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Mr. Alan Shatter, T.D., and Mr. Leo Varadkar T.D. Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, launched the ‘Be Winter-Ready’ 2012 - 2013 Information Campaign at the National Emergency Coordination Centre in Dublin. Also in attendance were representatives from the various Departments and Agencies tasked with emergency response.

The launch coincided with a meeting of the Government Task Force on Emergency Planning, Chaired by Minister Shatter, which dealt with winter-preparedness issues.

Through a dedicated website, advice is being made available from a number of sources including Government Departments, An Garda Síochána, the Health Service Executive, 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. A synopsis of the information available has been compiled into a booklet which can be downloaded from the website.

The main objectives of the 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.

Both 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.

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