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Support in cold weather

  • 01/03/2018
  • Author:bridgetmccall

Find out who to contact if you need help during this period of snowy weather

Older lady with hot water bottle

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 the Met Èireann website

Need help?

Local authority

Your local authority will be able to tell you what help is available in your local area.

Welfare and social payments

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.


The Health Service Executive Ireland website has information and severe weather warning updates.

Housing and homelessness

If you are homeless or concerned about someone else who is, please contact your local authority.

The following organisations may be able to give you further advice:

National homelessness charities: Threshold, Simon Communities of Ireland and Focus Ireland

Dublin-based homeless charity: Inner City Helping Homeless

Money Advice and Budgeting Service which can advise on debt, including housing, and has information sheets on its website.

You may also find it helpful to look at the Citizens Ireland information on housing

You can use the Turn2us Grants Search to find out if you might be eligible for help from a charitable fund, based on your background, circumstances and needs.

Utility bills

If you need help with your power or heating supply, contact your energy supplier.

If you need help with your water supply, contact Irish Water.

Winter ready?

Visit the Winter ready website 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 book.



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