El Paso is getting ready to hit a stretch of triple digit temperatures this week and that means a lot of people will be sitting in hot houses and apartments. The coronavirus outbreak will make the need for relief even more serious this year as so many of us are dealing with either reduced hours and paychecks or layoffs and no paychecks at all. You can help out with the donation of a fan to the El Paso Fire Department's Extreme Weather Task Force.

Every spring and summer the EPFD's Extreme Weather Task Force give out fans to needy El Pasoans to try and keep them a little cooler in the Sun City heat. Because we are all tightening our belts right now, they are not getting as many fan donations as in past years. If you can afford to buy a fan, please do. There is nothing worse than trying to stay cool in a house or apartment with no air circulation. It may not be full on air conditioning, but a fan can go a long way toward moving air around that would otherwise be stagnant and still.

Every year there are a number of heat-related deaths in El Paso. If you would like to donate a fan, or if you need a fan for your home, call the Extreme Weather Task Force at 2-1-1. The fans can be any size, although box fans are the preferred ones. I checked the Walmart website and you can buy a box fan for as little as $20. One fan will make a huge difference to someone in need. Just drop off the new, unopened fan at any El Paso Fire Department station near you. Thanks for helping out your fellow El Pasoans.