The Outreach Team at Cork Simon Community took to the streets of Cork earlier today to encourage people to take shelter in the charity’s emergency facilities ahead of Storm Ellen's arrival tonight.
The Outreach Team work on the streets, with the volunteers on the Soup Run and from the Rough Sleeper Service in our Day Centre.
They support people sleeping rough on the street, in tents or in cars and other vehicles; they support people surviving in squats, people who have no option but to stay with friends, and people who are at risk of losing their homes.
Speaking tothis afternoon, Dermot Kavanagh the Director of Cork Simon Community, said the charity's Nightlight service would open earlier than normal tonight.
"We’re going to try to get everyone in early and try keep everyone safe and batten down the hatches.
"It sounds like it [Storm Ellen] will be a short sharp shock but we want to make sure everybody is safe during it," he said.
Mr Kavanagh said the Outreach Team managed to get every homeless person in off the street during the last bad storm that hit Cork.
"I’m hoping it will be the same this time," he said.