The heat wave in the United States is harming not just reservoirs but also the Social Security Administration and those who receive its benefits.
Customers may be concerned about their safety while they wait in the heat to enter field offices for Social Security payments in 2022.
According to a Go Banking Rates article, the House Ways and Means Committee wrote a letter to the SSA, addressed to the agency’s Acting Commissioner Kilolo Kijakazi, requesting a response to the matter.
Some clients overnight outside the Florida SSA office to ensure their positions are in line for the next day.
Some consumers have had to return on multiple occasions to get their demands met.
According to CNBC News, Kijakazi advised individuals to phone ahead or use the agency’s online services before strolling in without an appointment.
According to the acting commissioner, SSA offices are busiest in the morning and early in the week and month.
The United States is experiencing a heat wave.
Across the United States, millions of people are likely to endure high temperatures more frequently and for longer periods of time. As climate change intensifies, temperatures are expected to rise.
According to a Washington Post investigation, over 40% of Americans have experienced at least three consecutive days of 100-degree heat. According to the estimate, the percentage of Americans encountering that type of temperature will rise to 63 per cent of the population in the next 30 years.
Residents of Texas and Florida may face 70 consecutive days with temperatures over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, the SSA shuttered its offices across the country in March 2020. The administration declared that it would reopen on March 30.
With the agreement agreed in January between the unions representing the agency’s staff, more than 1,200 field offices of the SSA were planned to open.
According to Disability Scoop, the new agreement requires all staff and visitors to wear masks at SSA offices, regardless of vaccination status.