Helping the Vulnerable Through the Heat

Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 711, FAX 703-324-2010

Aug. 2, 2006

Helping the Vulnerable Through the Heat

Fairfax County has many vulnerable populations, including the homeless, elderly and others with special medical needs. Their needs are heightened during conditions such as extreme heat. Faith communities, businesses, senior centers, community centers and other place of potential temporary shelter are encouraged to consider being charitable by opening doors for a few hours to help people stay cool and drink water. Resting for just two hours in air conditioning can significantly reduce heat-related illnesses. Also, if individuals need special attention, please take a few minutes to check in on them to ensure their well-being.

If residents need immediate, life-saving help, please call 911. For other safety help, call the public safety non-emergency phone number at 703-691-2131, TTY 711.

Residents who need immediate help with utility bills or other urgent human services assistance can call the county's Coordinated Services Planning staff in the Department of Systems Management for Human Services at 703-222-0880, TTY 703-803-7914. County staff can connect residents with a network of services provided by public, private and community-based organizations, as well as appropriate county government resources.

For more information about ways to stay cool during the heat and other resources, visit

To request this information in an alternate format, call the Office of Public Affairs at 703-324-3187, TTY 711.

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