The Office of Emergency Planning in the Department of Defence is leading the national coordination and response as Hurricane Ophelia makes its way to Ireland.
Severe disruption, coastal flooding and structural damage to buildings is expected as Ophelia passes Ireland tomorrow.
Local Authorities, Principal Response Agencies and Emergency Voluntary Services and essential utility services such as the ESB and Bord Gais are all on standby for Status Red Alert hurricane.
Coastal areas and upland winds are expected to be most affected. Experts have warned that the significant wind event will bring gusts in excess of 130km/h in some parts of the country.
The Department of Education has advised of school closures in worst hit counties while many bus services have already been cancelled in areas of Cork, Kerry, Galway, Mayo and Clare ahead of the hurricane.
Members of the public are being urged not to go near coastlines or areas at risk. The public is also asked to check on their vulnerable neighbors.