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Dane County Mobilizes Emergency Response to Assist Elderly in Danger from the Heat

For more information contact:

Sharyn Wisniewski (608) 267-8823
Kathy Krusiec (608) 267-1591

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 8/6/2001

Issued By: County Executive
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Dane County Emergency Management, Dane County Human Services and the Area Agency on Aging, in cooperation with the American Red Cross, are taking steps to see that elderly citizens who may be in danger of heat related illness get relief.

Home health organizations and others who visit the elderly or home-bound are being informed of resources being made available.

Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk said, "County staff will work closely with other emergency providers and volunteer organizations to make sure that our elderly and other citizens who are especially vulnerable to the heat, receive the services they need during this heat wave. I also ask citizens to check in on their neighbors who might be having problems coping with the heat."

Seniors are encouraged to visit any one of the 16 community centers across the county. They are open from 8:30 to 4:30 p.m., and hours may be extended if needed. Also, donated fans are being targeted to those identified as most in need of relief from the heat. The Red Cross is assisting with distribution.

For assistance dealing with the heat, the address of the nearest community center, or for transportation, citizens are encouraged to call the following numbers:

The Senior Hotline, 266-9007, 7:45 to 4:30 p.m.

United Way First Call for Help, 246-4357, 8:30 to 4 p.m.

The American Red Cross, 233-9300, 24-hours

For illness or emergency caused or worsened by the heat, dial 911 for immediate assistance.

Kathy Krusiec, director of Dane County Emergency Management, issued the attached Safety Guidelines for dealing with the heat.
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