Summer officially began on June 20 and our region has already experienced several hot days. Delaware County Council is announcing that the County’s Heat Plan is in place. Both the Office of Services for the Aging (COSA) and the county Office of Adult and Family Services offers assistance to elderly and vulnerable residents throughout the summer. Several County programs are in place to help residents cope with hot weather and humidity that can cause dehydration and other health complications.
“Many of us enjoy summer, but it’s important for our residents, particularly the elderly, young children and those with health conditions to stay cool and stay hydrated,” said Delaware County Council Chairman Brian Zidek. “We want our residents to be prepared and informed and have options to get relief from the heat.”
Residents are encouraged to visit the County’s website to read the 2020 Heat Plan and learn about the resources the County provides. Residents should also take precautions during heat waves and high humidity and check-in with elderly and disabled family members and neighbors who are at greater risk for heat-related illnesses.
A 24-hour Emergency Heat Information Line is now active through September 30. Residents can call 610-872-1558. The information line will provide weekly heat safety tips and reminders, emergency information, and locations where people can seek relief from the heat.
Cooling fans, home checks on vulnerable residents, access to transportation, and other resources are also available to residents during extreme temperatures.
Air-conditioned senior centers typically have extended hours during a heatwave, however, Senior Centers and Adult Daycares are currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Wolf is expected to announce when they are able to reopen and what safety measures will be in place.
COSA has purchased cooling fans and PECO also donated additional fans this afternoon. The fans will be distributed to seniors in need. For more information, call: 610-872-1558. Residents can also call their local senior center to learn how to receive a fan.
Stay Hydrated. People need to drink before they feel thirsty. However, if someone experiences signs of heat exhaustion, drinking water is not enough to reverse the symptoms. Individuals should seek medical help if they are experiencing heat exhaustion.
People who work outside should be aware of the symptoms of heatstroke and heat exhaustion.
Check on elderly and disabled family members and neighbors who are at greater risk for heat-related illnesses.
Remember the safety of pets during the warmer and give them plenty of water.
Never leave anyone, including a pet in a car.
The full 2020 Heat Plan can be found here: www.delcopa.gov/departments/heatplan/HeatPlan2020.pdf