Welfare Checks on Seniors During Single Digit Temperatures

Reported by: Samantha Boatman
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Updated: 12/05/2013 12:23 am
RENO, NEV. (KRNV & Mynews4.com)--The single digit temperatures that are expected throughout the next week can be deadly and dangerous, especially for seniors.

The Reno Police Department is encouraging family members and neighbors to check-in on seniors. If you notice something out of the ordinary, mail is piling up, a newspaper hasn't been picked-up, there haven't been any lights on or a car hasn't been moved, call 334-INFO and ask for a welfare check.

"It gets very cold outside, temperatures outside drop and it affects the inside of a home. It's also harder for seniors to get to the store and get the supplies that they need, by us going out there, we can check to make sure they're ok and they have everything they need," says Carlos Valles, a Reno Police Department Program Coordinator.

Valles also says sometimes seniors can be walking around their home and fall. Again, if something just seems out of the ordinary, officers can do a welfare check. 

RPD will be doing extra patrols where they know seniors live, for example, 55 and up communities.
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