Heat Relief Network

PHOENIX WEATHER
The 2024 Heat Relief Network map will be available May 1, 2024.
For those wanting to donate items or funds in support of the heat relief sites, please reach out to [email protected].

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 businesses. 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 illnesses and deaths among vulnerable populations. The map and directories are updated as new partners sign up throughout the summer season, which runs May 1 to September 30.

Organizations wishing to become a Heat Relief Network partner are invited to complete the HRN Standards & Expectations Form. Private residences and mobile sites cannot be shown on the map. Once the Standards & Expectations Form is submitted, you will receive an Application Form to provide your site information. After this form is submitted, you will be notified when your site appears on the interactive map.

Complete the Standards & Expectations form to receive the site Application Form for the 2024 Heat Relief Season
Site Standards & Expectations Form

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New Map Icons

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Cooling Centers

Cooled indoor locations that provide refuge from the heat during the day. Drinking fountains or bottled water are available.

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Respite Centers

Indoor, air-conditioned locations that offer hydration and allow for uninterrupted rest, sitting, or lying down (depending on each facility) during hours of operation.

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Hydration Stations

Locations where individuals can go to receive bottled water and other collected donated items. Can be indoors or outdoors.

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Collection Sites

Water bottles can be donated here for use at hydration and cooling locations. Some sites also accept other donations, such as cash; light colored, long-sleeved T-shirts; socks; underwear; hats; lip balm; sun block; and pre-packaged snacks.

Prevent Heat Related Deaths & Illness

Heat-related illnesses are frequent during Arizona summers and can result in death. Each year, nearly 2,000 people visit Arizona emergency rooms because of heat-related illnesses.

We work each year to expand the network throughout the region so that vulnerable populations are never far from obtaining water or refuge from the heat. Our HRN partners explain why they participate in the program and how it impacts their communities:


There were 645 heat-associated deaths reported in 2023, a 52% increase from 2022. (Source: Maricopa County)

 

 

 

 

Tips & Resources 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 adults, 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.

For more information about how you can avoid a heat-related illness, go to the Arizona Department of Health Services website.

Heat Awareness

Arizona Department of Health – Heat Safety

Maricopa County Public Health Department – Extreme Heat

National Weather Service Heat Information Page

Heat Relief Assitance

2-1-1 Arizona - Can assist in locating and finding transportation to nearest Heat Relief location.

Limited Income Assistance Programs (APS) (SRP)

Pet Housing Help - Locate temporary housing for pets

Cooling Center Guidance

CDC Guidance for Cooling Centers

Operating Cooling Centers Under Record Heat Conditions