Annual Fan Drive Kicks Off as Temperatures Continue to Heat Up
POSTED: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 6:49am
UPDATED: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 6:49am
EL PASO — The Extreme Weather Task Force is kicking off its annual fan drive.
According to the organization, the elderly and needy families are most at-risk for heat weather-related ilnesses, including heat stroke.
The El Paso Medical Examiner's Office recorded that 6 people died of heat stroke last summer in El Paso County. Two of those people were elderly and did not have air conditioning in their homes.
The Task Force will disperse 127 fans at 11:00a.m. Tuesday at Border International Trucking at 12283 Rojas Dr.
Fan donations will also be accepted at the event, or can be dropped off any time at local fire stations, as well as El Paso County Sheriff's substations.
El Pasoans without air conditioning at home, are encouraged to visit designated "cool zones" during the warmest hours of the day. The locations include public libraries, indoor shopping malls and senior citizen centers.
The Extreme Weather Task Force has also implemented the "buddy system," which encourages family, friends and neighbors to check in daily on elderly or disabled people during heat waves.