Keeping Pleasanton cool



Philip Glass keeps box fan donations in a storage room on Main Street and is currently in need of donations to hand out to residents in Pleasanton who are in need. GABRIELLA RUIZ | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Philip Glass keeps box fan donations in a storage room on Main Street and is currently in need of donations to hand out to residents in Pleasanton who are in need. GABRIELLA RUIZ | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Pleasanton’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is currently holding a box fan drive and is accepting donations to give to those in need of cooling off during this hot summer. The drive is primarily for residents in the Pleasanton area.

Those who would like to donate box fans may do so in one of three designated locations: the Pleasanton Fire Station, Pleasanton Civic Center or the Pleasanton Police Department.

Philip Glass, Emergency Management Coordinator, said the OEM is here to help citizens who are struggling in times of need especially during the hot summer days when it hits 100°F.

“I know the heat is go- ing to be pretty bad this summer so with ERCOT having issues a couple of weeks ago or last month, we had the cooling center open for four days,” said Glass. “So I know there’s people out there that may need those fans. We want to be able to provide those to them.”

Donations for the box fan drive are not only for the summer, however, as the Emergency Management Office is accepting donations every day. In the winter, the OEM plans on holding a drive for blankets, jackets and more along with a list of acceptable items for physical donations.

“That’s the whole thing about Emergency Management. The five pillars of Emergency Management, you know, are Readiness, Mitigation, Prevention, Response and Recovery,’’ said Glass. “We want to help the citizens of Pleasanton be prepared for the heat or the cold or, you know, if the house floods, they can contact me and I can get them in touch with the Red Cross.”

Pleasanton’s Office of Emergency Management is more than happy to give out fans to those in need. Please contact Philip Glass directly at 830-253-5664 if you are in need of a fan or for more information regarding how to donate.

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