The Issue: Risks of Extreme Heat for Elderly Individuals
According to a News9 report from early July, the Oklahoma City Emergency Medical Services Authority issued two heat alerts on June 25 and July 9. The alert occurs when it must respond to five or more heat-related medical calls in a 24-hour period and expects dangerously hot weather to continue. Sudden changes in temperature are more likely to cause medical emergencies such as heat stroke in elderly people than in younger people, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Heat stroke can be deadly or cause permanent disability if it goes untreated.
The Campaign: Installing AC Units Elderly People's Homes
If this Grassroots campaign raises $700, then Rebuilding Together Oklahoma City can provide AC units for two of its elderly clients. Each additional $10 raised will go toward funding additional home improvements. Elderly homeowners can apply for aid from the organization, and if they qualify, they request any home additions they need. For this campaign, volunteers will install window units within two days of receiving an application to ensure quick relief from the heat.
Rebuilding Together Oklahoma City
Rebuilding Together Oklahoma City provides free home repairs and updates for low-income homeowners to ensure safer, more secure, and energy-efficient housing. Its volunteers insulate attics and weatherize doors to increase energy efficiency, install wheelchair ramps and handrails to increase safety for homeowners with limited mobility, and repair or replace aging roofs. Teams of volunteers are also available to complete basic upkeep tasks including carpentry, painting, and yard work.
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