Delaware County Council reminds residents of the County’s Cold Weather Plan, which is put in place each year to assist the elderly, vulnerable and homeless during extreme weather conditions. These resources are offered through various agencies and networks including our Delaware County Division of Adult and Family Services, the Office of Services for the Aging (COSA), the Department of Intercommunity Health and Community Action Agency of Delaware County. These programs help residents year ‘round, but when the weather turns bad and possibly dangerous, these agencies expand their efforts. Our Division of Adult and Family Services provides a winter shelter directory that is distributed to police, municipalities and other officials. They also connect residents with the Community Action Agency of Delaware County and low-income energy assistance programs such as LIHEAP, and PECO’s energy assistance programs. COSA extends outreach to senior citizens, including having case managers check on seniors who may be vulnerable. They also have a weatherline for residents to call for tips and resources. The County Department of Intercommunity Health provides information to connect residents to temporary housing and assistance with food and utilities. And also a reminder to register for our DelcoAlert system, which alerts residents when there is a weather emergency such as power outages or road closures. The full Cold Weather Plan can be found here: https://www.delcopa.gov/publicrelations/releases/2018/coldweatherplan.html

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