Ocean County Press Release
WHEN THE THERMOMETER SOARS COUNTY OFFERS PLENTY OF OPTIONS TO BEAT THE HEAT
WITH ANOTHER two months of summer still ahead, the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders wants residents to know they have plenty of cool options available when the next heat wave strikes.
"When the temperatures climb into the 90s we also ask our residents, especially our senior citizens, to take precautions," said Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari. "We are especially concerned about our residents without air conditioning."
"The Ocean County Library is always a cool place to be," Vicari said. "All of our 21 Ocean County Library branches are open their normal summer hours and offer a great refuge from the soaring heat and humidity."
Vicari, who is also liaison to both the Library and the Ocean County Office of Senior Services, said residents should check with the Ocean County Library Website at www.theoceancountylibrary.org for information on hours and special events at each branch.
Freeholder Gerry P. Little, liaison to the Ocean County Health Department, said it is especially important for everyone to stay cool and hydrated.
Little offered the following tips to stay cool:
" Drink plenty of water or other non-alcoholic beverages.
" Ensure that persons with mobility problems have adequate fluids within easy reach.
" Wear loose and light-colored clothing. Wear a hat when outdoors.
" Avoid any outdoor activity during the hottest hours of the day.
" Talk to your health care provider about any medicine or drugs you are taking. Certain medications can increase the risk of heat-related illness.
"If you have air conditioning in your home, please use it," Little added.
For residents without air conditioning, the Ocean County Mall is also a centrally located air-conditioned space. Located on Hooper Avenue in Toms River the mall is open every day.
"The County Connection at the mall offers information on a host of county services, as well as free computers for public use, said Freeholder John P. Kelly, Director of Law and Public Safety.
Kelly advised any residents suffering from the heat and unable to leave their home to contact their municipal office of emergency management or local police department.
If you do venture out into the heat, realize that temperatures in a parked car, van or truck can quickly reach deadly levels.
"Don't leave children, a frail elderly or disabled person, or pets in an enclosed car -- not even for a minute," Kelly said.
Vicari said he has held frequent meetings with Jersey Central Power & Light executives to ensure that the utility can meet the high demand the summer months bring.
"We have had a very productive series of meetings and I'm hopeful our residents will not see service interruptions this summer," Vicari said.
Vicari also praised a new effort by JCP&L to track residences that have electrically operated life-support equipment or water wells that depend on electric pumps.
JCP&L maintains a critical care database of customers who depend on electrically operated life support equipment. To be included on this list customers must complete and submit an annual authorization form signed by their physician. The list is used to contact customers should an outage affect their electric service for more than 24 hours.
The utility has a similar list of homes and businesses that depend on electrically operated private wells for water. These customers also are notified if a power outage is expected to affect their electric service for more than 24 hours, in which case they would be notified of locations where water and ice are available.
Both lists are also provided to both the Ocean County Office of Emergency Management and municipal emergency management offices.
To receive additional information and register accounts for either program, call JCP&L at 1-800-662-3115.