News Release

SUPERVISOR DIANNE JACOB

DATE: June 30, 2002

CONTACT STEVE SCHMIDT AT 619-531-4766 or 619-206-9108

 

JACOB KICKS OFF COOL ZONES TO AID SENIORS AND THE DISABLED

Getting out of the house can save you money and could lower the risk of energy blackouts this summer. That's the County's message to seniors and disabled persons who would otherwise be in their homes during hot summer days.

On June 28, San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob and the County's Aging & Independence Services unveiled the region's second annual 2002 Cool Zone program, encouraging people to visit designated cool sites in their communities to beat the summer heat.

"The less people use their home energy, the lower their utility bill will be. But it also helps the community," says Supervisor Dianne Jacob, who spearheaded the Cool Zone program and is featured at the kickoff. "When people come together at Cool Zones near them, the power use for the whole area is reduced. Everyone wins."

People in frail health can easily be impacted by high temperatures and they may not know they're in trouble until it's too late. The County urges older adults and persons with disabilities to find the Cool Zone site near their homes and use it regularly during hot days.

Those who are unable to leave their home because of a medical condition may sign up for Project CARE, where they can receive a regular phone call to check on their welfare.

To locate the Cool Zone site in your area, to ask about assistance with transportation, or to link with Project CARE, contact the County of San Diego's Aging & Independence Services toll-free at 1-800-510-2020.