Dauphin County Commissioners activate heat emergency plan, offer help to at-risk senior citizens
Dauphin County Commissioners Jeff Haste, Mike Pries and George P. Hartwick, III and the county’s Area Agency on Aging are warning older adults, particularly those with asthma, heart or lung diseases and other health concerns, about the extreme heat predicted for the midstate this week.
According to the National Weather Service temperatures near 90 degrees and high humidity are expected on Tuesday and Wednesday.
In anticipation of the hot weather, the commissioners and the county’s aging office have activated their heat emergency plan and have started contacting at-risk clients.
“We are now reaching out to senior citizens who have health concerns, live alone or have limited mobility to make sure they are safe and offer assistance,” said Hartwick, who has oversight of the county’s Area Agency on Aging. “As part of our heat emergency plan, the agency is making air conditioning units and fans available to adults in need age 60 and over.”
Residents must call the Dauphin County Area Agency on Aging at 717-780-6130 to request a fan or air conditioner or to obtain other assistance, such as transportation to an air-conditioned place.
Hartwick also encouraged senior citizens to seek refuge from the high temperatures at the following area senior centers:
- Bistline Senior Center, 1291 S. 28th Street, Harrisburg, Monday – Friday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- B’Nai B’rith Senior Center, 130 Third Street, Harrisburg, Monday – Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- East Hanover Senior Center, 8848 Jonestown Rd., Grantville, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Edgemont Senior Center, 2400 Oxford Avenue, Harrisburg, Monday – Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
- Friendship Senior Center, 5000 Commons Drive, Harrisburg, Monday – Friday, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Heinz-Menaker Senior Center, 1824 North 4th Street, Harrisburg, Monday – Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Hoy Senior Center, 301 Mohn Street, Steelton, Monday – Friday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Jewish Community Center, 3301 North Front Street, Harrisburg, Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Lick Towers Senior Center, 1301 North 6th Street, Harrisburg, Monday – Friday, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Lykens Senior Center, 200 West Main Street, Harrisburg, Monday – Friday, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Millersburg Senior Center, 109 Edward Drive, Millersburg, Monday – Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Mohler Senior Center, 25 Hope Drive, Hershey, Monday – Friday, from 8 am. to 4 p.m.
- Rutherford House Center, 3300 Parkview Lane, Harrisburg, Monday – Friday, from 8 am. to 4 p.m.
“Excessive heat forces our body to work harder than normal, and for senior citizens, this can be a dangerous — and even deadly — problem,” said Haste. “Although heat exhaustion and dehydration are serious medical conditions, they can easily be prevented by avoiding outdoor activity and sun exposure, drinking plenty of water, limiting strenuous activity and exercise and having a place to keep cool.”
Common symptoms of heat-related illness are a fever, flushed and sweaty skin, and extreme thirst.
“Please check on aging family members, friends and neighbors who live alone or are homebound to make sure they aren’t suffering from the heat and have a working air conditioning,” said Pries. “You could very well save a life in the process.”
For more safety tips, please visit www.Ready.gov.