Action plans have been drawn up by Stormont ministers to help alleviate any repeat of the paralysis and devastation caused by the harsh weather which hit Northern Ireland last winter.
Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy (right), Education Minister John O'Dowd and Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill have all been involved in devising the strategy.
With the south and east of England still recovering from severe storms yesterday, a series of Assembly-written answers revealed that in Northern Ireland:
"Although they don't intend to meet as a group until mid winter, they will get together in the interim if a situation develops," Ms O'Neill said of the initiative.
Mr Kennedy also revealed that a comprehensive review by the National Winter Service Research Group had proved positive for the Executive.
"(It) concluded our winter service policies were well-considered and consistent," he said.
However, one of its key recommendations is that the replacement of the winter service fleet should continue to be prioritised "in order to reduce the unreliability of gritters and other equipment".
"I... will continue to seek funding to ensure the fleet we have is fit for purpose and capable of dealing with the long winter period," Mr Kennedy added.
From the current school year, schools can also avail of a texting service which could help with school communication with parents and teachers.
Mr O'Dowd said: "I understand that Translink, which is contracted to provide school transport services, has also reviewed and updated its extreme weather procedures and implemented a bus fleet engineering winterisation programme."
FACTFILE: LAST YEAR'S TOLL
Northern Ireland's worst snow storm in half-a-century in March cost the public purse an estimated £3m and created a set of grim statistics including: