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OG&E Offers Relief from Heat


OG&E offers relief from heat

Company gives away 1,000 fans and partners for Cool Zones

OKLAHOMA CITY - OG&E today began delivering 1,000 electric fans to agencies serving low-income and elderly citizens across its 30,000 square mile service area.

̶"We are quickly building a tradition of partnering with agencies that work directly with those in need to distribute these fans as summer temperatures rise;" said Brian Alford, OG&E spokesperson. "This year we are expanding our program to communities across our service territory."

Alford emphasized that summer heat can be extremely dangerous to vulnerable populations.

"You should continue to use your air conditioning when it is extremely hot," Alford said. "You can adjust your thermostat by a few degrees to cons erve energy and use a fan to move air and help to keep you comfortable."

Fans are being delivered to The Salvation Army, Areawide Aging Agency and Community Action Agency. Oklahoma City-area citizens may contact these agencies directly. The fans will be distributed by the agencies based on individual agency criteria for serving elderly and low-income Oklahomans.

Agenc ies in Alva, Durant, Enid, Ft. Smith, Muskogee, Norman, Sapulpa, Shawnee and Woodw ard also are receiving fans to be distributed to those in need.

The company also has partnered with nearly 300 locations to create sites designated as Cool Zones for seniors and others vulnerable to heat-related problems. Cool Zone s offer a place to escape the summer heat and related health risks.

Cool Zones include facilities such as libraries, shopping centers and senior citizen centers. A complete list is available here.

OG&E and local social service agencies first organized the Cool Zone program in 2001 to help raise public awareness about the health dangers caused by heat.

OG&E is Oklahoma's largest utility, serving more than 775,000 customers in a servic e area spanning 30,000 square miles in Oklahoma and western Arkansas. OG& E is a subsidiary of Oklahoma city-based OGE Energy Corp. (NYSE: OGE), which als o is the parent company of Enogex LLC, a midstream natural gas pipeline business with principal operations in Oklahoma.

Several communities have a central point of contact for the Cool Zone program. They are:

  • HeartLine at 405-848-CARE (227 3) for the Oklahoma City area
  • COEDD (Central Oklahoma Econom ic Development District) Area Agency on Aging at 800-211-2116 or the Cent ral Oklahoma Community Action Agency at 800-256-5940 for Pottawatomie, Lincoln, Payne, Okfuskee, Seminole and Hughes counties.
  • Tulsa Area Agency on Aging is the central contact point for Tulsa, Creek and Osage counties. They may be contacted at 918-596-7688 or 800-211-2116.
  • Aging Services at 405-321-3200 for the Norman area
  • SODA (Southern Oklahoma Development Authority) at 800-211-2116 for the cities of Ardmore, Dura nt, Ada, Davis, Healdton, Tishomingo, Marietta, Wilson and Sulphur
  • KEDDO will serve as the centra l contact point for the cities of Poteau, Heavener, Panama, Roland and Muldrow. They can be reached at 800-722-8180 or 918-465-2367
  • EODD will serve as the central contact point for the Muskogee area. They can be reached at 918-682-78 91 or 800-211-2116
  • NODA will serve as the central contact point for Enid. The agency may be contacted at 580-237-4810. < o:p>
  • OEDA will serve as the central contact point for Alva and Woodward. The agency may be contacted at 800-658-2844 or 580-625-4531
  • The Area Agency on Aging is the central contact point for all Arkansas Cool Zon es at 800-320-6667 or 479-783-4500