Released: June 22, 2023
Summer officially began on June 21. While the first official day of summer was unseasonably cool, the County is prepared to help vulnerable residents during heat waves and days with high humidity this summer season.
Delaware County Council joined the County’s Office of Services for the Aging (COSA) and PECO on June 21 to announce the County’s 2023 Heat Plan and plans to distribute cooling fans to residents in need.
COSA and the County Office of Adult and Family Services offer assistance to elderly and vulnerable residents throughout the summer. Several County programs are in place to help residents cope with hot weather and humidity which can cause dehydration and other health complications.
“While many of us enjoy the sunshine and the warmer weather during the summer months, the heat can be dangerous, especially for our vulnerable and older residents, and also our pets,” said Delaware County Council Chair Dr. Monica Taylor. “The County’s Heat Plan details some precautions we can take, resources available, and also includes reminders to check in on loved ones and neighbors.”
Residents are encouraged to visit the County’s website to read the 2023 Heat Plan and learn about the resources the County provides during the summer season. Residents should also educate themselves on 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 the summer. Residents can call 610-872-1558. The information line provides 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. Many air-conditioned senior centers in the county have extended hours during a heat wave. Residents should check with their senior center to find updated days and hours.
Each year, COSA purchases cooling fans to distribute to residents in need. In addition, PECO generously donates fans as part of PECO’s Summer Fan Distribution Program. PECO donates 500 fans each year through local organizations across southeastern Pennsylvania. 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.
The full 2023 Heat Plan can be found here: https://delcopa.gov/pdf/2023HeatPlan.pdf