RED LION, Pa. -- Extreme heat and humidity are hitting Central Pennsylvania this week prompting state and local agencies to enact plans to keep residents safe.
Due to the heat, Dauphin County enacted their emergency heat program to help the elderly. The county is reaching out to seniors they work with regularly to make sure they are safe and is partnering with several senior centers to make sure any older residents have a safe, cool place to go to stay out of the heat.
"If the senior centers are not open, obviously the malls, libraries, but we will provide and provide direction and potentially even transportation to folks who want to make sure that they get out and escape this heat," said George Hartwick, Dauphin County Commissioner.
In addition, the county is offering AC units and fans to anyone who may need one.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health is also reminding all residents to be smart in the extreme heat this week with these simple tips:
-Drink plenty of water
-Stay indoors as much as possible
-If you do need to go outside, try to limit it to early mornings and evenings