Operation Fan/Heat Relief 2013
Operation Fan/Heat Relief, a summer fan distribution
program that operates each year throughout North Carolina, will begin
May 1. The program that began in 1986 is managed by the Division of
Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) in the North Carolina Department of
Health and Human Services.
many years, Dominion Resources, Duke Energy, Progress Energy and the
Valassis Giving Committee have donated generously to support this
important program,” Dennis
Streets, DAAS Director said. “The program is successful
because of the concerted efforts of the 16 regional Area Agencies
on Aging and the local aging and adult service provider agencies which
purchase and make fans available to eligible people.”
Last year, donations totaled $85,500 and with these
funds, 6,242 fans and 55 air conditions were distributed. In certain
counties, air conditioners are made available for adults with more
serious health problems. There is no public money associated with
People who are 60 years of age or older and adults
with disabilities are eligible to receive one fan per year to help
alleviate heat problems within their home. “This
is much more than a comfort issue as it really helps protect the health
and safety of some of our most vulnerable citizens living in communities
across North Carolina,” Streets said.
Information on local agencies distributing the fans
can be found on the web at www.ncdhhs.gov/aging/heat/fanheat.htm,
by calling the regional Area Agency on Aging http://www.ncdhhs.gov/aging/aaa.htm
or by contacting Nancy Evans,
919-855-3419, at the Division of Aging and Adult Services in Raleigh.
For more information go to: http://www.ready.gov/heat
Tips for Seniors
Talk with your doctor and be aware
of the medications you take and know for example that painkillers
can reduce awareness of the heat and diuretics which promote fluid
loss can lead to dehydration more often during hot weather.† In addition
to using electric fans, the following tips should be observed to reduce
- Cool off by taking baths or
showers or placing ice bags or wet towels on the body.
- Stay out of direct sunlight,
put shades over the windows and use cross-ventilation and fans
to cool rooms.
- Wear lightweight, light-colored,
loose-fitting clothing that permits sweat to evaporate.
- Drink plenty of liquids such
as water, fruit or vegetable juices and iced tea to replace the
fluids lost by sweating. As a person ages, thirst declines. Limit
intake of alcoholic beverages or fluids that have too much salt,
since salt can complicate existing medical problems, such as high
small meals and eat more often and avoid foods that are high in protein which increases
metabolic (body) heat
- Keep your medicines in a cool
- Check up on friends or neighbors
who live alone
- This can also be a good time
to join your local senior center or take advantage of buildings
made accessible to seniors during excessive heat.†† Your communityís
public information office can be contacted for additional information.
- Take the heat seriously, and
do not ignore danger signs like nausea, dizziness or lightheadedness,
fatigue, confusion, labored breathing, chest discomfort, and rapid
or erratic pulse.† They can all be signs of trouble.† Get to a
cool place, drink cool water slowly and seek medical help if conditions
hot weather tips
June 13, 2013
Operation Fan Heat Relief by County
Heat Related Tips for Older Adults
"A hot weather hazard for older people"