As temperatures climb, emergency workers check on vulnerable

Wednesday, August 4, 2010 at 6:54pm
Staff reports

The Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management is canvassing Davidson County and reaching out to residents who may need heat-related assistance.

The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning Wednesday morning that remains in effect until 7 p.m. Thursday. A warning is issued when the combination of hot temperatures and high humidity combine to create dangerous situations in which heat-related illnesses are possible.

Nearly 100 residents have applied for but not yet received air conditioners through the Metro Action Commission. Plans were to check on those folks first and then move on to other vulnerable populations.

Stranded motorists, especially those who are unfamiliar with the area, are especially vulnerable, according the OEM.

Several air-conditioned resources are available, such as the Red Cross cooling shelter at Mt. Nebo Baptist Church, 2416 Clifton Ave.

Residents can seek shelter at the any of the 21 Nashville Public Library locations, 23 Metro Parks and Recreation Community Centers and the Nashville Farmer’s Market.

OEM officials continue to monitor heat-related calls dispatched to the Nashville Fire Department and remain in contact with Nashville Electric Service regarding unanticipated power outages that may last longer than 2-3 hours.

4 Comments on this post:

By: may not on 8/5/10 at 12:13

Does anyone know of other places accepting donations of air conditioners besides Metro Action Commission? I've made donations there twice. Both times there were scads of fans and air conditioners stacked up not being distributed. An air conditioner simply shouldn't sit at the MAC more than 24 hours if they've got some 80 people on a waitlist.

Add to this the extraordinarily surly and unprofessional "civil servants" at the MAC, and I just wouldn't go near them again.

Surely there's a better, quicker way to get air conditioners to folks in this heat than through the Metro Inaction Commission!

By: richgoose on 8/5/10 at 3:15

The poor people are used to getting their welfare check on time. This would enable them to play the numbers and get a fix from whatever is their fixation. Now they are being exposed to having to wait for their free air-conditioner and fan.

I feel their pain!

By: yucchhii on 8/7/10 at 3:03

To the person looking to donate AC units...You can go to the Campus for human development at 532 8th ave south in Nashville. BUT, what ever you do, DO NOT bring ANYTHING to the Nashville rescue mission!!! They will in turn bring them to a thrift store to make money on them!! SERIOSLY!!! They have been seen taking clothes donations to a thrift store when the homeless that stay there need them!!! There are TOO MANY things about the Nashville rescue mission that are NOT right. The commercials you may see on channel 5 are NOT TRUE!! Things are NOT what they MADE to look like in those commercials! The money you donate does NOT do what THEY CLAIM!!!

By: yucchhii on 8/7/10 at 3:08

TO RICHGOOSE... "YOU ARE A 100% PURE USDA PRIME IDIOT!!! You make things SEEM as if ALL the homeless or POOR people are like that! I'll bet you've never ever been around the poor people!!! If you have, you know better than that!! THIS IS WHY YOU ARE A COMPLETE 100% PURE USDA PRIME IDIOT!!! I'll bet you think you'll NEVER be in that situation! I've spoken to several guys who thought that way who stay in the Nashville rescue mission and don't like the way they get treated!!! See you there!!!