A life-threatening situation occurs when
- a household member needs
- electricity to power life-saving medical equipment or
- energy to avoid extreme summer and winter temperatures and
- A health care professional indicates that the situation is life-threatening.
Medical equipment verification
The household must show that a health care professional prescribed the equipment and that it requires electricity to operate.
The equipment may not have a battery backup. When there is a battery backup, the situation is not life-threatening.
Qualified medical equipment includes but is not limited to
- a kidney dialysis machine,
- an iron lung;
- an oxygen concentrator or other oxygen machine, or
- a cardiac monitor.
Qualified medical equipment does not include
- a hot water heater,
- a battery-driven, hand-driven, or self-contained nebulizer,
- a battery-driven apnea monitor, or
- battery-driven cardiac monitor.
Extreme temperature verification
The household must provide verification from a health care professional. The verification explains why, given the household member’s medical condition, not having power and being exposed to extreme temperatures is life-threatening.
DHS looks at the National Weather Service website for the predicted heat index or temperature on the disconnection date.
To qualify, the local weather must indicate that
- the heat index is 101 or higher during the summer months or
- the temperature is 32 or lower for the daytime hours or 20 or lower for nighttime hours during the winter months.