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Irish Red Cross on standby and ready to help during extreme weather conditions

Source: Irish Red Cross - Ireland (Crois Dhearg na hEireann) - Mon, 29 Nov 2010 17:56 GMT
Author: Irish Red Cross
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Special Irish Red Cross 4x4 ambulances and other vehicles are also on standby in Counties Cork, Waterford, Tipperary, Laois, Offaly, Wexford, Carlow, Kilkenny, Louth and Meath. In Wicklow on Saturday the Glen of Imaal Irish Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team safely evacuated a pregnant woman from her home in Laragh to a maternity hospital. The team remain on call to help motorists who may become stranded in their cars. In Cork, the Red Cross are on standby to help Home Care teams reach patients in their homes, where snow and icy conditions make access difficult. The Irish Red Cross are urging people to check on elderly neighbours as elderly people are especially prone to hypothermia and pneumonia. David O’Callaghan, Chairman of the Irish Red Cross says “We would urge people not to travel unless absolutely necessary during the current conditions and to call in regularly on elderly friends, neighbours and relatives to see if they need help staying warm or getting provisions”. The Irish Red Cross has published practical tips on its website www.redcross.ie to help people cope with accidents and illnesses brought on by the freezing conditions which have hit the country. Notes to Editor • Interviews with Irish Red Cross spokespersons can be arranged contact details above. • Factsheet on First Aid and Safety Tips included with this release. • There are approximately 6,000 members of the Irish Red Cross who are all volunteers serving in local communities in every county in Ireland. Ends

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