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City of Atlanta Partners with SCANA Energy to Offer Cooling Relief to Atlanta Seniors

Post Date:07/20/2017 4:00 PM

Mayor’s Office of Communications
55 Trinity Avenue, Suite 2500 • Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Anne Torres, Director
404-330-6423, office
404-904-2618, cell
amtorres@atlantaga.gov

Jewanna Gaither, Deputy Press Secretary
404-330-6942, office
404-357-5829, cell
jgaither@atlantaga.gov

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 20, 2017

News Release

City of Atlanta Partners with SCANA Energy to Offer Cooling Relief to Atlanta Seniors

Thousands of fans and air-conditioning units provided to low-income senior citizens

ATLANTA – The City of Atlanta announced today that the Mayor’s Office of Constituent Services and Atlanta Fire Rescue Department are partnering with SCANA Energy to offer cooling relief to Atlanta seniors. For the 16th consecutive year, SCANA Energy will donate thousands of fans and air-conditioning units for distribution to low-income, elderly residents during an event on Monday, July 24 at Adamsville Recreation Center, 3201 M.L. King Jr. Drive SW, from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The giveaway event will be hosted by First Lady Sarah-Elizabeth Reed, Constituent Services Commissioner Andrea Boone, Fire Chief Joel Baker and Atlanta City Councilmember C.T. Martin.

“My Administration is committed to working with partners to offer resources to our Atlanta seniors that will ensure an enhanced quality of life,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “The City of Atlanta values our 16-year partnership with SCANA Energy. Their donation of new fans and air-conditioning units will keep vulnerable residents comfortable during this hot summer season.”

Atlanta’s summertime temperatures make fan giveaways especially important. Elderly people, age 55 and older, are more susceptible to heat-related illnesses for the following reasons:

  • Elderly people do not adjust to sudden changes in temperature;
  • Elderly people are more likely to have a chronic medical condition that changes normal body responses to heat; and
  • Elderly people are more likely to take prescription medications that inhibit perspiration or impair the body's ability to regulate its temperature.

“SCANA Energy is proud and honored to continue our longstanding partnership with Mayor Kasim Reed, the City of Atlanta and the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department,” said George Devlin, Vice President and General Manager of SCANA Energy. “We are pleased to provide critical cooling relief through our donation again this year to low-income, elderly residents of Atlanta. Due to the growing demand from our senior citizens in need, we are pleased to increase our donation and provide additional fans and air-conditioning units to our most vulnerable senior citizens.”

Atlanta residents interested in a fan must be 55 years or older and provide proof of residence. Representatives coming to get a fan for a senior should have valid identification for the resident.  Residents unable to attend the giveaway can request a unit by contacting the Mayor’s Office of Constituent Services at 404-330-6023.

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For more information about the City of Atlanta, please visit http://www.atlantaga.gov or watch City Channel 26. Follow the City of Atlanta on Facebook and Twitter @CityofAtlanta. Follow Mayor Reed on Facebook and Twitter @Kasim Reed

                   

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