• October 21, 2021
 Extreme Weather Task Force launches 2021 Summer Safety Campaign, Fan Drive

New fan donations can be dropped off any time at local fire stations in El Paso and Horizon City. Those in need of a fan who meet EWTF criteria should call 2-1-1.

Extreme Weather Task Force launches 2021 Summer Safety Campaign, Fan Drive

With hot summer temperatures expected soon, the Extreme Weather Task Force (EWTF) is continuing to ask for fan donations and educate the El Paso community on hot weather safety.

“Our partners at 2-1-1 are already taking calls for fan requests,” said Grace Ortiz, APS Community Engagement Specialist and EWTF Chair.

“We want people to know the EWTF is actively working on providing fans to the most vulnerable in our community who have no air conditioning in their homes.”

Since 2004, the Extreme Weather Task Force (EWTF) has collected and delivered more than 10,000 free electric box fans to qualifying elderly and needy families in our community.

“Currently, we have about 200 fans in our inventory,” said Ortiz.

New fan donations can be dropped off any time at local fire stations in El Paso and Horizon City. Those in need of a fan who meet EWTF criteria should call 2-1-1.

To help save lives, the EWTF stresses use of the “Buddy System.” This simply involves having a trusted relative, friend or neighbor check in daily with an elderly or disabled person during a heat wave.

“A Buddy encourages an at-risk individual to stay cool by wearing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing, to eat well, drink plenty of fluids and cool their home safely,” EWTF officials share.  “If there are errands to be done, the Buddy does them, or makes sure they get done.”

Those most at-risk for heat stroke include: elderly people with inadequate food, clothing or cooling; babies sleeping in hot bedrooms; children left unattended; adults under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs; mentally ill individuals; people who remain outdoors for long periods (the homeless, hikers, hunters, etc.)

Corporate and monetary donations are welcome payable to the APS Silver Star Board. The APS Silver Star Board mailing address is:

401 E. Franklin Ave, Suite 350,

Attention Grace Ortiz,

El Paso, Texas 79901.

Project BRAVO, your local Community Action Program, is currently accepting applications for utility assistance, weatherization, and air conditioner repairs/startups. Households in El Paso County can receive up to $1,600 in electric, gas, and/or propane payments.

Visit www.projectbravo.org to apply online, visit one of the applications drop boxes located at your local community center, or call (915) 562-4100 for more information.

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