Extreme weather

Met Éireann has issued weather warnings nationwide as Storm Emma approaches. There are three categories of weather warning: status yellow, status orange and status red. You can check the current status of the weather warning in your area on met.ie.

Visit winterready.ie for detailed advice on how to cope with winter weather. The website has categories covering the home, road safety, schools, the farming community and the business sector and includes a Be Winter Ready booklet (pdf). You can find tips on preventing frozen water pipes and unexpected leaks on water.ie.

Employers and employees disrupted by the weather can find information about their rights and obligations on workplacerelations.ie.

The Department of Education and Skills provides guidelines for school management (pdf) with advice about ensuring school premises are safe, communication with parents and what action to take in the case of each weather warning. Many schools close when a status red weather warning is issued.

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection is providing ongoing updates about its services and supports for people who may have difficulty with heating costs.

Follow the Office of Emergency Planning on Twitter @emergency.ie for updates.