Mayor Kasim Reed, the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department and the Mayor’s Office of Constituent Services opened three cooling stations to help seniors stay cool.
“Atlanta is in the midst of a heat wave and I urge our senior citizens to take advantage of the cooling stations if they need a safe place during the hottest hours of the day,” Reed said in a statement. “I am grateful to our partners for their commitment to serving our seniors and ensuring their continued health."
Two of those three cooling stations are in East Atlanta Patch:
- Georgia Hill Neighborhood Center, 250 Georgia Ave., SE. 404.658.6395, Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon. - Fri.
- J. C. Birdine, 215 Lakewood Way, SE. 404.658.7855. Open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon. - Fri.
Those 65 and older can be more susceptible to heat-related ailments because they don't adjust as well to sudden changes in temperature, are more likely to have chronic illnesses and be on prescription pain medications that hinder their bodies' ability to regulate temperature.
SCANA Energy will donate 1,000 fans to Atlanta Fire Rescue and the Mayor's office of Constituent Services to be distributed to low-income, elderly residents on June 28. To sign up for a a fan, call 404.330.6023.