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As warmer weather arrives in North Carolina, the Division of Aging and Adult Services is partnering with the N.C. Area Agencies on Aging and local service providers to distribute fans to eligible recipients through Operation Fan Heat Relief.

As individuals age and develop chronic medical conditions, they are less likely to sense and respond to changes in temperature. They may also be taking medications that can worsen the impact of extreme heat.

Operation Fan Heat Relief helps vulnerable adults at risk for heat-related illnesses stay safe during the summer. People 60 and older, as well as adults with disabilities, are eligible to sign up for assistance beginning May 1 at local aging agencies across the state. Moore County’s program begins July 1 and last until the fans run out.

Eligible Moore County residents must be 60 years or older and will need to provide an electric bill to prove they are county residents. You may visit Moore County Senior Enrichment Center, located at 8040 Hwy 15-501, in West End, to sign up or contact Rhonda Priest at 910-215-0900 for more information.

The program is made possible by donations from Duke Energy Carolinas, Duke Energy Progress, Dominion Resources and the Valassis Giving Committee, which allow regional area agencies on aging and provider agencies to purchase fans for eligible individuals.

More information about Operation Fan Heat Relief, including tips on preparing for extreme heat is available at www.ncdhhs.gov/operation-fan-and-heat-relief. 

 

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