“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, who notes that the Phoenix area averages 110 days of temperatures above 100 degrees.
During a two week period in the summer of 2005, a significant heat wave resulted in the death of more than 30 people, including individuals experiencing homelessness. This prompted the development of the Heat Relief Network. The Heat Relief Network is a regional partnership of the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), municipalities, nonprofit organizations, the faith-based community, and others. The Heat Relief Network creates awareness of the dangers from extreme heat, coordinates resources, and provides maps of the Heat Relief Network resources for those in need during the summer months.
Since 2005, MAG has coordinated 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.
- IF you are considering partnership with the network and would like to be a collection site, hydration location, refuge location or combination, please fill out the Heat Relief Network Partner form above.
- Regional Heat Relief Network Partner Meeting
April 28, 2016, 10 am - 11 am
Maricopa Association of Governments
302 N 1st Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003
Heat Relief Resource 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.
- Help 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 at this address: http://www.azmag.gov/heatrelief.
- 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 has 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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