A local Assemblyman has urged older people and people with a medical condition or disability to consider joining the NI Water and Northern Ireland Electricity Networks care registers. The registers help to identify people who need extra help or support if there is an interruption in supply.
Roy Beggs MLA, Ulster Unionist Party representative for East Antrim said ;
“With the winter weather fast approaching, it would beneficial to ensure that vulnerable residents are on the care register, in case there is an interruption in water or electricity supplies, due to adverse conditions.”
People who join the NI Water Customer Care Register can get a range of free additional services if they are an older customer, have a serious medical condition or need extra help for any other reason. They will be able to nominate a carer or relative to act on their behalf, be receiving post or by becoming a point of contact, if needed.
NIE Networks offers a critical care information service to people who are dependent on life-supporting electrical equipment. Anyone on this register will receive up-to-date information by phone during a power cut or a planned interruption of supply.
Mr Beggs concluded, saying “If you want to join the NI Water scheme, call 03457 400 088 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and for the NIE scheme, submit your details online at www.nienetworks.co.uk/Contact-Us/Critical-care-register”