Letter from the Executive Director
While St. Louis heat waves are dangerous and get a lot of attention, it’s the duration and intensity of the heat that most affects the people served by EnergyCare. Many clients have chronic diseases like hypertension, diabetes, and heart conditions that are exacerbated by the prolonged summer heat.
“Extreme heat is dangerous, and it can be deadly. It’s currently one of the top weather-related causes of death in the United States,” says Rachel Licker, senior climate scientist at UCS. “Extreme heat contributes to many more deaths for a variety of reasons, including the fact that it exacerbates common health conditions like cardiovascular and respiratory diseases." “There are many segments of the U.S. that are uniquely vulnerable to extreme heat, including the elderly and children whose bodies are less efficient at cooling than adults. Low-income residents may not be able to afford the cost of air conditioning units or the energy to run them for prolonged periods of time during an extreme heat event,” says Licker.
With your help, EnergyCare is reaching people right here in St. Louis suffering from the heat. Thank you for your support!