Delaware County announces 2022 heat plan

Published: June 22, 2022

Summer officially started on June 21st and our region has already experienced several hot days and humidity before the official start of the summer season.

Delaware County Council joined the County Office of Services for the Aging (COSA) and PECO on June 21 to announce the county’s 2022 Heat Plan.

COSA and the County Office of Adult and Family Services provide support for elderly and vulnerable residents throughout the summer. There are several county programs to help residents cope with hot weather and humidity, which can lead to dehydration and other health complications.

“While many of us enjoy the sunshine and warmer weather during the summer months, the heat can be dangerous, particularly for our vulnerable and elderly residents, and our pets as well,” said Dr. Monica Taylor, Chairwoman of Delaware County Council. “We need to take precautions as the weather warms up. The county’s heat plan outlines some precautions we can take and available resources, and also includes reminders to check on loved ones and neighbors.”

Residents are encouraged to visit the county’s website to review the 2022 heat plan and learn about the resources the county is providing. Residents should also take precautions during heat waves and high humidity, and check with elderly and disabled family members and neighbors who are at higher risk of heat-related illnesses.

A 24-hour heat emergency number is now active throughout the summer. Residents can call 610-872-1558. The information line provides weekly heat safety tips and reminders, emergency information and places to go to recover from the heat.

Cooling fans, home checks on vulnerable residents, access to transportation and other resources are also available to residents during temperature extremes.

Air-conditioned senior centers typically have longer hours during a heatwave, however some senior centers and adult day care centers remain closed or have restricted hours due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Residents should check with their senior center to find updated days and hours.

COSA purchases cooling fans each year to distribute to residents in need. Also this year, PECO generously donated fans as part of PECO’s Summer Fan Distribution Program. PECO donates

500 fans each year through local organizations in Southeast Pennsylvania. That year, the fans donated to Delaware County residents were purchased by the Hardware & Supply Company, a small business owned by veterans in Chester.

The fans are distributed to elderly people in need. For more information, call: 610-872-1558. Residents can also call their local senior center to learn how to welcome a fan.

The full 2022 heat plan can be found here: https://delcopa.gov/pdf/DelcoHeatPlan2022.pdf

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