Handling the Heat Wave

By: Jessica Dealy Email
By: Jessica Dealy Email

Monday marked the third consecutive day with a heat index in the triple digits. Despite the temperatures, many people say they still have to make a living by working outdoors.

"What makes this easy is, I get a check at the end of the week," said professional landscaper, Melvin Young. "So it is not really heat to me; it is cool, hard cash."

Mail carrier Ken Trayal said he fears these temperatures are just a sign of what the southern summer has in store for us.

"I have a fan in here. But you know, it is not summer time yet. It's going to get a lot worse," Trayal said.

Multi-County's community services director, Letha Dunn, is focused on keeping those in need of an air conditioner, without the means to afford one, taken care of.

"Usually when we have a heat wave that comes through, we try to look out for the elderly and disabled, shut-in clients," said Dunn. "We have a waiting list for air conditioners and we usually try to serve people with some type of cooling."

MCCSA has already provided 22 air conditioners for those in need that qualify for the Low-Income Energy Program.

Dunn says it's also willing to fix broken air conditioners and pay the electric bill for residents worried about the cost of staying cool.

"We don't want them to have the air conditioner and can't run it," Dunn said. "So we will pay the power bill to help them stay cool."

The air conditioner provided is a single room window unit. Dunn says MCCSA is mainly trying to help the elderly and disabled. Folks are encouraged to check on the elderly and assist their loved ones in applying for state and federal help.

If you need information about MCCSA's Low-Income Energy Program, call
601-483-4838, or stop by the office at 2900 St. Paul Street, or go to multi-county.org. A link is provided below.

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  • by Curious? Location: Meridian on Jun 16, 2010 at 06:21 AM
    What's next??? A news story on how to take a bath? If someone doesn't know how to protect themselves from the heat they are a moron!
  • by Guy South of I-20 on Jun 14, 2010 at 09:06 PM
    Other things that people need to remember is hydrate, hydrate, HYDRATE. Drink plenty of water throughout the day, especially if you don't have air conditioning or before working outside. Whenever possible, also include some type of sports drink (Gatorade, Powerade, etc.) to replenish the electrolytes that you lose in sweat. Don't overdo it. If you feel like you're getting sick, there's a good reason for it. Your body is telling you to stop. Listen to it! These things can not be stressed enough.
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