The services you need to know as Ireland prepares for 'Storm Emma'
The country is on high alert this morning as Ireland braces for 'Storm Emma'.
The country is braced for transport chaos, widespread school closures and disruptions to supermarket supplies as Storm Emma and a bitterly cold weather front from Siberia hit Ireland today.
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Here are all the services to keep an eye on as the cold blast hits:
The winterready.ie website provides practical advice and contact details for the services which provide help in extreme weather events.
Some local authorities provide a pre-registered text-messaging service which you can sign up for. Check your council’s website, with contact details also available at www.housing.gov.ie.
Monitor Twitter and Facebook for information about your area, as well as news sites and radio stations.
For information on power-outages, check www.esbpowercheck.ie. Phone 1850 372 999 to report outages.
To check if public transport services continue to operate, check the operators’ websites, including www.dublinbus.ie (01 8734222), www.irishrail.ie (01 8366222), www.luas.ie (1850 300 604 or 01 4614911) and www.buseireann.ie (1850 836 611). Also consult the Department of Transport at www.dttas.ie and the National Transport Authority at www.transportforireland.ie.
For school transport, check www.buseireann.ie or call 1850 836 611.
For school closures, contact your local school.
Information about road conditions can be found on the three websites of Transport Infrastructure Ireland at www.tii.ie, www.tiitraffic.ie and www.winterready.ie.
Details will also be available from national and local radio and media.
In the event of a major emergency, dial 112 or 999.