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Emergency plan to protect the homeless from high temperatures


Dublin City Council has contingency plans in place to protect homeless people from extreme temperatures in the coming days.

A high temperature warning has been issued for Ireland from Sunday, with people urged to take precautions against sunburn or heat stroke.

The yellow status alert is expected to be in effect from 6 a.m. Sunday to 9 p.m. Tuesday, with temperatures of up to 32C possible in places on Monday.

A council spokesperson said: ‘Dublin City Council, as the lead statutory authority in the Dublin region, is coordinating the response to ensure at-risk homeless people are protected for the duration of any weather event. extreme.

Temperatures are set to soar in Ireland over the next few days (Julien Behal/PA)

“In response to the hot weather warning expected over the next few days, arrangements are in place with service providers to ensure that temporary shelter will continue to be available for all who wish to access it.

“The Dublin Street Outreach Service and the DRHE-funded Housing First Reception Team (provided by the Dublin Simon & Peter McVerry Trust) will engage with those at risk of rough sleeping to provide shelter to anyone who needs it.”

Outreach teams will distribute water and sunscreen, provide shelter if needed and encourage people to be aware of the sun.

They will also use social media to ask the public to report rough sleepers in hot weather.

The council encouraged anyone in need of emergency accommodation to contact their local authority or their homeless services freephone number – 1800 707 707.

Met Eireann said the “unusually hot weather” will bring daytime temperatures of 25-30C.

We want to avoid accidents as much as possible, so that if someone gets into trouble in the water, they can quickly get the help they need

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Night temperatures will fluctuate between 15°C and 20°C.

Fine Gael Senator Barry Ward said people should bear in mind the importance of security around coasts and inland waterways.

He said: ‘As a heat wave continues across Ireland, there is an increased demand for rescue services; the Coast Guard, lifeboat and other emergency services face additional pressures.

“Met Eireann has issued a high temperature warning for the whole country with temperatures expected to reach 30C. Ireland’s beaches and lakes are likely to be busier than ever.

“Swimming, paddleboarding, sailing, windsurfing and using our marine facilities for recreation are all part and parcel of good weather, but we must always remember that it’s easy to get into trouble in the water. ‘water.

“We know we need to protect our skin from the sun, but we also need to protect ourselves and our loved ones from the dangers that may be present in and around water.

“Following the tragic death of a teenager who struggled to swim in Howth this week, we must all work to ensure that such a tragedy does not happen again anywhere in Ireland this weekend.

“We want to avoid accidents as much as possible, so that if someone has problems in the water, they can quickly get the help they need.

“We don’t want to see a situation where the emergency services are too busy to come to the aid of swimmers, divers or boaters, so help our emergency services by making sure you don’t need their help.”