Help Available to 'Beat the Heat'

July 21, 2005--Posted at 5:00 pm CDT

Jonesboro, Ar--A summer heat wave could make conditions unhealthy for those without air conditioning units or those unable to run their unit.  Temperatures are expected to top 100 degrees in certain parts of Region 8 and heat indexes are expected to be at or above 110 degrees.

With temperatures this hot, the National Weather Service out ofMemphis has already issued heat advisories for all of Region 8.  For those not able to beat the heat by themselves, there is help available.

One local program aims to give box fans out to senior citizens.  The fans are free and can help keep things a little cooler indoors, while saving big bucks on utility bills.  “These fans are completely free, but a lot of people don’t even know they are available,” East Arkansas Area Agency on Aging worker Mary Williams said.  If you are interested in getting a free fan you can contact the agency at 1-800-680-6944.

Another program helps those who have shut-of notices for bills.  The program is through the Crowley’s Ridge Development Council and gives utility assistance to those who qualify.  You do have to apply for this program, but once signed up you can expect assistance within twenty-four hours.  For more information on this program you can call 1-870-935-8610.