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OG&E fan donation helps blow the heat away

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From OG&E: 

With summer officially here, OG&E today announced that it will again donate 1,000 box fans to agencies serving low-income and elderly residents of Oklahoma.

Company employees today delivered fans to the Salvation Army Area Command in Oklahoma City as well as to Area wide Aging agencies and Community Action agencies across its service area.

Agencies in Alva, Ardmore, Chandler, Durant, Enid,  Muskogee, Norman, Sapulpa, Seminole and Shawnee received fans to be distributed to those in need. Fans also were distributed in Fort Smith, Ark.

 "While summers can be brutal and drive electric bills up, it's important to continue to use air conditioning to avoid heat-related illnesses," said OG&E spokesman Brian Alford. "Using a fan can help a room feel as much as six degrees cooler. While using a fan, you can adjust the thermostat up a few degrees, which will keep cool air circulating and help save money and energy."

"Oklahoma's heat can be deadly to certain segments of the population, namely the elderly, the ill and to infants," said Jeff Lara, Operations Director for the Salvation Army, Central Oklahoma Command. "OG&E's donation of fans will go far in helping the Salvation Army to provide relief to those at highest risk for heat related problems."

OG&E also announced today that it has partnered with nearly 300 local libraries, shopping centers, senior centers and other locations across its service area to open Cool Zones, which provide heat-wary residents a respite during the hottest times of the day.

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.

A complete list is available at www.oge.com.



Agencies receiving fans by community:

COMMUNITY                             AGENCY

Alva                                          Alva DHS

Ardmore                                    United Way

Chandler                                   Senior Center

Durant                                      SODA

                                                United Way

Enid                                          Salvation Army


Ft. Smith                                   Salvation Army

Muskogee                                  EODD

Norman                                     Aging Services

                                                Salvation Army

OKC                                          Area wide Aging Agency

                                                Salvation Army

                                                Community Action Agency

Sapulpa                                     Community Care

Seminole Senior Center

Shawnee                                   Salvation Army

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

  • HeartLine at 405-848-CARE (2273) for the Oklahoma City area
  • COEDD (Central Oklahoma Economic Development District) Area Agency on Aging at 800-211-2116 or the Central 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, Durant, Ada, Davis, Healdton, Tishomingo, Marietta, Wilson and Sulphur
  • KEDDO will serve as the central 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 918-682-7891 or 800-211-2116
  • NODA will serve as the central contact point for Enid. The agency may be contacted at 580-237-4810.
  • 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 Zones at 800-320-6667 or 479-783-4500