State program for senior heat relief begins, registration available

RALEIGH, N.C. (WITN) – State health officials once again are partnering with services in the east to distribute fans to those who are in need.

Operation Fan Heat Relief will work to support those who are 60 years and older, adults with disabilities, and others who are eligible by distributing fans or air conditioners based on specific conditions. DHHS says they have been serving North Carolina with this program since 1986.

These fans are distributed to help vulnerable adults whose conditions may be severely impacted by extreme heat. In addition to the fans, the division cites the following as other important things to keep in mind for the hot summer:

  • Increase fluid intake
  • Spend time in cool or air-conditioned environments regularly
  • Reduce strenuous activity during the afternoon
  • Speak with their physician before summer about how to stay safe while taking medication that can affect the body’s ability to cool itself (e.g., high blood pressure medications)

DHHS says it’s all made possible through donations from Duke Energy Carolinas, Duke Energy Progress, Dominion, and Valassis. They said last year they were able to distribute 3,097 fans and 21 air conditioners with $86,000 in donations.

For more details, individuals may contact their area agency on aging or the Division of Aging at (919) 855-3400.