'If people need it, it'll be there': Cork Simon urge people to take shelter

'If people need it, it'll be there': Cork Simon urge people to take shelter
Cork Simon's Outreach Team is urging people to take shelter tonight. Picture David Creedon

The emergency shelter at Anderson Quay, which has 47 beds and Night Light, which has an additional 18 mattresses on the day service floor, have been operating at full capacity and above for the last few nights.

Last night, 66 people stayed at the shelter, but Cork Simon is making every effort to make sure people keep safe during the bad weather. 

"We will make any extra space we can find in Anderson’s Quay available – in all cases floor space where people can bed down in safety for the duration of the storm", the charity organisation stated.

"On top of that we have identified free spaces in our five high-support houses – sofas, floor space, etc., should that be needed", they continued.

Paul Sheehan of Cork Simon has said if people need shelter tonight, it will be there for them. Picture: Diane Cusack
Paul Sheehan of Cork Simon has said if people need shelter tonight, it will be there for them. Picture: Diane Cusack

Last night, the Simon Outreach team took to the streets to provide hot soup to homeless individuals and they have been strongly encouraging people who have been reluctant to come indoors to do so, for the duration of Lorenzo at the very least.

Speaking to The Echo, Paul Sheehan of Cork Simon Community urged individuals to use the resources that are there.

"Despite the downgrade by Met Éireann, weather conditions are still appalling.

"It's very wet, windy and cold."

The promise to people seeking shelter is, "if people need it, it will be there" Mr Sheehan said.

It is also vitally important for members of the public to look after elderly neighbours, as the housing, planning, and local government minister, Eoghan Murphy said yesterday.

Paddy O'Brien is urging people to look after elderly neighbours during the adverse weather.
Paddy O'Brien is urging people to look after elderly neighbours during the adverse weather.

Cork man Paddy O'Brien mirrored this sentiment today, commenting that during this adverse weather, "we all have a role to play". 

"Neighbours need to be vigilant and not embarrassed to knock at the door of an elderly person in their area.

"People shouldn't assume that somebody else will do it.

"We do not want repeats of any tragedies."

The two vital things are food and heating and Paddy is urging older people to wrap up and take hot drinks throughout the day, avoiding alcohol. 

Rather than lighting candles, which could be a fire hazard, Paddy is asking the public to make sure elderly neighbours have a working flash lamp in the house, in the event of power outages.  

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