Heat Relief Regional Network

 

The goal of the network is to provide resources for vulnerable people and help prevent heat-related deaths, says Chandler Councilmember Kevin Hartke, Co-Chair of the MAG Continuum of Care Board. He notes that the Phoenix area averages 110 days of temperatures above 100 degrees per year.

The Heat Relief Network is a regional partnership of the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), municipalities, nonprofit organizations, the faith-based community, and others. Each year, MAG coordinates the mapping of the Heat Relief Network, a network of partners providing hydration stations, refuge locations, and water donation sites throughout the Valley with the goal of preventing heat related and heat caused deaths among people experiencing homelessness and other vulnerable populations.

Maps for Collection Stations and Hydration Sites

Printable maps for collection stations and hydration sites are available in English and Spanish. Collection stations are places where water can be donated for use at hydration and refuge locations. Some sites also accept other donations, such as light colored tee-shirts, sun block, socks, underwear, hats, and prepackaged snack items or cash. Hydration Stations are places where individuals can go to receive water and other donated items. Maps also include refuge locations and emergency hydration stations.

2017 Heat-Relief Network Partnership Information and Mapping Form

To become a Heat Relief Network partner please complete the form at this link:https://arcg.is/mzL4v.

2017 Interactive Heat Relief Maps

What you can do to help:

  • Donations of snacks, sun protection aids like hats, sun screen, sun glasses, light-weight clothing, and bottled water are needed.
  • Spread the word about the Heat Relief Network by posting the Heat Relief Network maps on your website or creating a link to the maps on the MAG website by clicking here.
  • Educate your friends and neighbors about the dangers of extreme heat.
  • Have water bottles available in your car for emergencies.
  • Follow the tips below to avoid heat-related illness.

Tips to avoid heat-related illness:

  • Increase fluid intake regardless of activity level. Staying hydrated is extremely important.
  • Limit exercise or outdoor activity between the hours of 11am and 3pm.
  • When outdoors, wear a sunscreen with a minimum SPF 15 and re-apply often. Wear a hat, lightweight clothing and sunglasses.
  • Rest frequently in shady or cool areas to give the body's temperature a chance to recover and cool down.
  • Never leave infants, children or pets inside a parked vehicle.
  • Respectfully check on elderly neighbors to make sure their air conditioning is working and in use. Take advantage of free air-conditioning by visiting locations like shopping malls, the library or other heat refuge locations provided on the map.

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