POUND RIDGE, N.Y. – The Pound Ridge Police Department is reaching out to local seniors during the heat wave to make sure they’re staying cool and have everything they need.
“We have a three-page list with more than 70 [senior citizen] names on it,” said Caroline Meyer, the department’s administrator. “I called each one to check in with them to make sure they have AC, fans, water – things like that.”
Meyer said all the seniors were appreciative of the effort and none reported being in distress.
She said that if a problem develops, such as power outages, a police officer or volunteer will be available to visit the senior and drive them to the Town House if needed.
“Right now, the Town House isn’t being officially declared a cooling station – it’s only open for that if we need it. So, if people are having a problem, they need to call the police station first at 914-764-4206,” Meyer said. “We have OEM (Office of Emergency Management) volunteers standing by. But right now, it’s not an issue.”
Marilyn Tinter, director of the Pound Ridge Library, said the library is ready and willing to operate as a cooling center for those seeking refuge from the heat wave - which forecasters say will push temperatures to near 100 degrees.
“It’s cool and comfortable here,” Tinter said. “People are welcome to come in and read and use the computer. We are happy to do it. We have cold water, and people can even bring their lunch."
Library hours during the heat-wave period are Wednesday until 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., and Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
“If it turned into a real crisis, we’d stay open beyond what our regular hours are,” Tinter added.