“If you don’t like the weather in Ohio, just wait fifteen minutes!” We’ve all heard that, and sometimes it really seems to be true. Summers in Ohio can be a wonderful time, but when the weather changes, and gets HOT, it becomes a different story.

Extreme hot weather is not tolerated easily by anyone, but it is especially hard on seniors. There are medical implications from extreme heat, as well as safety issues from the weather that extreme heat brings about in our region.

The Sylvania Senior Center strives to be a thorough resource for summer safety information through our website, Facebook and programs. We have compiled a list of informational facts and tips and several links to our sources for your use. Please do not hesitate to take advantage of this information, and contact us if you have any questions.

HOW TO SPOT AND TREAT HEALTH PROBLEMS CAUSED BY HEAT

HOT WEATHER SAFETY TIPS FOR OLDER ADULTS

HEAT AND POWER OUTAGE FACTS FOR OHIO RESIDENTS

TIPS FOR COPING WITH EXTREME HEAT

H.E.A.P. (Home Energy Assistance Program)  Programs designed to assist low income households in paying their heating bills in the winter and summer months. During winter months, in addition to providing help with heating bills, furnace repairs are allowable. During summer months, fans and air conditioners are also provided to those with qualifying medical conditions.

 

SEVERE WEATHER SURVIVAL INFORMATION

FEMA EMERGENCY SUPPLY LIST

RED CROSS DISASTER PREPAREDNESS FOR SENIORS BY SENIORS. This is a 32 pages booklet with thorough information on what to do before and after disaster strikes.

TORNADO SAFETY FOR APARTMENT DWELLERS  /  MORE TIPS FOR APARTMENT TORNADO SAFETY

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS GUIDE FOR SENIORS (From the Senior Citizen’s Guide to Detroit)

All of these guides have great information and we encourage you to get prepared and develop a plan long before these situations arise. It is also wise and kind to check your neighbors that you know are alone and at risk and ask them to check on you, too. Check on your Neighbor Tips

R.U.O.K. Program. Sylvania City and Township also have a wonderful program titled, R.U.O.K. (Are You OK?) This program is a computer-automated telephone reassurance system that contacts subscribers one each day. It’s a totally FREE service offered to Sylvania residents. There is no cost at any time to any subscriber.

Its works like this: The system will call you once each day. When you answer the telephone, the system plays a pre-recorded announcement. If the system doesn’t receive an answer, the system will automatically call back a short time later.

If the system received no answer on the second attempt, the Sylvania police will dispatch a crew to check on you, entering the residence, if necessary. This is why you provide a key to your residence when you enroll in the program.

We hope this provides you with information to have a safe and healthy summer. The information may change from time to time so please check us out periodically. We will update our information likewise for the cold months.