ALERT: Employers asked to 'take account' of Storm Lorenzo travel disruptions


LORENZO:  Employers asked to 'take account' of travel disruptions in relation to employees

The National Emergency Coordination Group has the following advice ahead of Storm Lorenzo.

* Very strong winds are predicted which will make driving conditions hazardous, especially for the more vulnerable road users, e.g., cyclists, pedestrians, motorcyclists and high sided vehicles.

* Road users should pay particular attention to the risk posed by fallen trees and flying debris as trees are in full leaf.

* There is a potential for tidal flooding in coastal areas. In addition to this, the storm may also bring localised heavy showers, which in turn may lead to spot flooding.

* Employers should plan today in conjunction with their employees to make arrangements taking account of anticipated travel conditions on Thursday evening into Friday. They advise people make arrangements taking any warnings into account when planning their journeys to or from work.

* People are urged to check on isolated or vulnerable neighbours and family members.

* People should be extra vigilant and aware of the risk potentially posed by trees in high wind events. The most widespread and potentially dangerous consequence of high wind is the risk of trees breaking/falling, possibly bringing down live power lines, posing a danger to motorists and pedestrians in the vicinity.

* People are advised to prepare for the arrival of the storm including ensuring their mobile phone is fully charged to enable communication. 

The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government is designated as the Lead Government Department for coordinating the response to severe weather emergencies at national level.

Local authorities, who are the lead agencies for the response to severe weather have activated their Crisis Management Teams and Local Coordination Groups in preparation for the arrival of Storm Lorenzo.

Preventative actions taken to date include clearing drains and gullies and preparation of sandbags.

Relevant departments and agencies remain in a state of preparedness in expectation of the arrival of Storm Lorenzo.

The National Emergency Coordination Group is continuing to monitor and prepare for the storm and will meet again on Thursday at 10.30am to review the situation.

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