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City of Atlanta Partners with SCANA Energy to Keep Atlanta’s Elderly Cool

Post Date:07/23/2015 12:30 PM
Mayor Kasim Reed press release header

 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

Christina Cruz-Benton, Press Information Officer
404-330-6865, office
404-807-2438, cell
Thế giới cá

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 23, 2015

News Release

City of Atlanta Partners with SCANA Energy to Keep Atlanta’s Elderly Cool

500 fans distributed to low-income senior citizens

ATLANTA – City of Atlanta First Lady Sarah-Elizabeth Reed, the Office of Constituent Services and Atlanta Fire Rescue today announced the partnership with SCANA Energy to provide Atlanta’s seniors with fans to help them stay cool this summer. This is the thirteenth consecutive year that SCANA Energy has donated 500 fans to the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department and the Mayor’s Office of Constituent Services for distribution to low-income, elderly residents. Fans were distributed today at the Pittman Park Recreation Center in Southwest Atlanta. Mrs. Reed also delivered fans to homebound seniors.

“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 First Lady Sarah-Elizabeth Reed. “The city values our 13-year partnership with SCANA Energy. Their donation of the new fans helps to ensure that our most vulnerable residents remain comfortable during the hot summer months.”

Atlanta’s summertime temperatures make fan giveaways especially important. People 65 years old and older are more susceptible to heat-related illnesses:

  • 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.

“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 donate five hundred fans again this year to provide much needed cooling relief to low-income, elderly residents of Atlanta.”

Thế giới cáIn the midst the high temperatures plaguing the city, Mayor Kasim Reed is keeping cooling stations open to help residents beat the heat. The stations are open daily from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. The Atlanta Fire and Rescue Department is offering free bottled water at all fire stations, and the staff of the Mayor’s Office of Constituent Services continues to visit seniors in various neighborhoods, delivering water and checking on their needs.

The cooling stations are located at:

Georgia Hill Neighborhood Center
250 Georgia Avenue, S.E.
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 658-6395

J.C. Birdine
215 Lakewood Way, S.E.
Atlanta, GA 30315
(404) 658-7855

Old Adamsville Emergency Shelter
3403 Delmar Lane
Thế giới cá Atlanta, GA 30331

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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For more information about the City of Atlanta, please visit http://everafterbox.com or watch City Channel 26. Follow the City of Atlanta on Facebook and Twitter . Follow Mayor Reed on Facebook and Twitter

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