Tulsa Weather Coalition
The Tulsa Weather Coalition is an innovative initiative designed to prevent death or worsening of health problems among frail elderly and other medically fragile people during the extreme heat of Tulsa's summers.
Air conditioners are purchased using private donations, at a cost of $100-$150 per unit based on size and availability. Monetary donations of any amount are needed. Donations of new air conditioners are also welcome. The Coalition cannot accept donations of used air conditioners.
Households which meet health and income criteria may receive loaned window air conditioning units. Most recipients have limited mobility and are low-income. Medical criteria include congestive heart failure, emphysema, renal dialysis treatment, burns, HIV/AIDS, and other serious illnesses. Community Service Council's 2-1-1 Helpline coordinates the work of the Coalition and receives the requests for assistance.
The Tulsa Weather Coalition’s mission is to reduce loss of life and costly hospitalizations caused by the extreme temperatures and humidity of summer. The Coalition originated in 1980 in response to a heat wave that claimed the lives of 13 Tulsa residents. The program aims to prevent heat related deaths and illnesses through public education and by loaning room size air conditioners to low-income, seriously ill persons.
Frail and seriously ill Tulsans, at-risk of hospitalization or death from heat related illnesses, receive home visits, extensive information and education about dealing with life-threatening heat and other conditions, and, if eligible, are loaned a room sized air conditioner. Most clients have limited mobility and are not able to access other cool environments with relatives or friends. Most air conditioner recipients are over 55 years of age and have serious lung or heart disorders.
To find out more about Tulsa Weather Coalition services, dial 2-1-1 to be connected to a 2-1-1 Helpline Service Specialist. Callers who meet pre-screening criteria will be referred to the Weather Coalition for an assessment of eligibility.
Materials to download:
Extreme Heat information in English
Extreme Heat information in Spanish
Related page: Tulsa Heat Coalition
Jim Lyall, CSC Associate Director
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