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Omaha & Council Bluffs area has energy assistance for public as heat wave looms

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) – Rose Kimbrough says she’s definitely felt the effects of rising energy prices.

“The lighting bill is high,” she said. “It’s higher than usual.”

Kimbrough spent her Monday afternoon at the Salvation Army Burrows Center, where they’re handing out free ventilators to help people stay cool.

She said her apartment had air conditioning, but needed a boost.

With the heat setting in many who are struggling to pay their bills might think twice before turning up their air conditioning, Heartland organizations want people to know some of their options and what help is best available.

The Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) and MidAmerican Energy can connect customers to the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) which helps families nationwide with energy costs.

Both providers also offer their own energy assistance programs. The OPPD will not disconnect power when temperatures are above 95 degrees or the heat index above 105 degrees is expected to occur within the next 24-48 hours.

At the Salvation Army, staff said they also help those in difficulty and urge them to seek referrals.

“In addition to fan training, we may have other ways to help people with utility assistance over the summer,” said Todd Andrews of The Salvation Army. “They need to call to get more details about it because there are certain situations where we refer people and certain situations where we can help them directly.”

Kimbrough said she was grateful for the fan she received.

“I recommend it to anyone who needs help,” Kimbrough said.

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