MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Shelby County officials are stepping up to help residents keep cool.
Kathryn Coulter of the Aging Commission of the Mid-South said the agency's program will distribute hundreds of 20-inch box fans to Shelby County residents, free of charge.
According to Coulter, the agency is looking for "individuals age 65 or older who don't have functioning air condition who didn't receive a fan last year."
Coulter said the fans not only help keep residents cool, but away from the danger.
"When a volunteer delivers a fan to an older resident they talk to them and check on them to make sure they're taking enough fluids in," she said.
Recipients of the fans, like 83-year-old Ella Alexander, were thankful something to help them escape the heat.
"It's going to help me a lot," Alexander said. "I'm going to put it in the bedroom to keep me cool."
The Shelby County Mayor's Office is also stepping in to help. 115 new air conditioning units will soon be distributed. To qualify, you must be a Shelby County resident, meet federal poverty guidelines, and not have a working AC in your home.
"It helps people be aware of the fact they need to be taking better care of themselves because of the heat," Coulter said.
We're told so far more than 50 fans have already been distributed. The air conditioning units will be distributed as soon as the county can determine eligibility.
To get a fan call the Aging Commission at 901-324-3399. For an AC unit, call the Mayor's Assistance Center at 901-545-4311.