Mayor’s Office of Communications
55 Trinity Avenue, Suite 2500 • Atlanta, Georgia 30303
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 07/13/12
Mayor Kasim Reed, City of Atlanta Partner
with SCANA Energy to Provide Fans for Elderly
ATLANTA – Mayor Kasim Reed announced today that the City of Atlanta and SCANA Energy have partnered again to provide senior citizens with fans to help them stay cool and healthy this summer. For the 11th year, SCANA Energy is donating fans to the Mayor’s Office of Constituent Services for distribution to low-income, elderly residents.
“Atlanta’s seniors are vital to our city, and it is important we do everything we can to ensure they stay cool and safe this summer,” said Mayor Reed. “I value our partnership with SCANA Energy and applaud the company's long-standing commitment to serving our city’s most vulnerable citizens. Together, we can help keep our seniors more comfortable during the hot summer months.”
Elderly people, age 65 and older, are more susceptible to heat-related illnesses than younger people for several reasons:
• Elderly people do not adjust as well as young people to sudden changes in temperature;
• They are more likely to have a chronic medical condition that changes normal body responses to heat; and
• They are more likely to take prescription medications that inhibit perspiration or impair the body's ability to regulate its temperature.
“For more than 10 years, SCANA Energy has proudly partnered with the Mayor’s Office of Constituent Services and the Atlanta Fire-Rescue Department to help ensure that our most vulnerable citizens enjoy a cool and safe summer," said George Devlin, vice president and general manager of SCANA Energy. “We are pleased to continue our tradition and donate fans again this year to provide much needed cooling relief for low-income elderly residents in Atlanta.”
During last month’s heat wave, Mayor Kasim Reed opened five cooling stations and all of the city’s swimming pools, waiving fees at seven aquatic facilities, to help residents beat the heat. The Atlanta Fire-Rescue Department stocked up on water at neighborhood fire stations, and the staff of the Mayor’s Office of Constituent Services personally visited seniors in various neighborhoods, delivering water and checking on their needs.
To request a fan or for further assistance, please contact the Mayor’s Office of Constituent Services at 404-330-6023.
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