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As the weather heats up, 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 though Cabarrus County Human Services. The program runs through October 31.

Donations from Duke Energy Carolinas, Duke Energy Progress, Dominion Resources and the Valassis Giving Committee make it possible for regional area agencies on aging and provider agencies to purchase fans for eligible individuals. Provider agencies can also purchase a limited number of air conditioners based on a person’s specific health conditions.

Last year, the program received $85,600 in donations, allowing for the distribution of 5,226 fans and 26 air conditioners statewide.

To learn more or to apply for heat relief, call Cabarrus County Human Services at 704-920-1400 or visit the Cabarrus County Human Services Center at 1303 S. Cannon Blvd., Kannapolis.

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