Tulsa's Weather Coaltiion looking for air conditioners

Monday, June 23rd 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Oklahomans have survived the first weekend of summer. It can get pretty steamy this time of year.

And that has many people looking for ways to beat the heat. On average, the heat kills 12 Oklahomans a year. Many of the victims are people over 65. The Tulsa Weather Coalition is working to stop those numbers. They provide air conditioners to the seriously ill and homebound who have no means of buying an AC unit or having someone take them to a cool spot.

The units are donated or purchased through cash donations. The demand is high, but the supply is very low. Right now the coalition has about 30 air conditioners. Half of them will go out within the week. They're in desperate need of more AC's and money to get them through the summer months.

Sherry Thurman with the Tulsa Weather Coalition, "The heat and humidity created lots of problems for folks who are already ill from medical condition. It can cause death or possible hospitalization, which is what we're trying to avoid, to save a life is the while purpose to keep them cool."

If you are in need of an AC or would like to donate one, call the Tulsa Weather Coalition Monday thru Friday between 10 and 2 at 834-2665. After hours the number is 836-4357.