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.
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 425 heat-associated deaths reported in 2022, a 25% increase from 2021. (Source: Maricopa County)
Tips to Avoid Heat-Related Illness
For more information about how you can avoid a heat-related illness, go to the Arizona Department of Health Services website.
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
Heat Relief Network partner sign up will reopen Spring of 2024. Partner roles can include providing cooling centers, hydration stations, respite center, donation collection points, or a combination of these services. Heat Relief Network partners are responsible for ensuring water availability if listed as a cooling center, respite center, and/or a hydration station location. MAG is unable to store or transport water.
Please utilize the MAG Interactive Heat Relief Network Map to coordinate with other network partners for donations of water. There are donation sites across the region that are willing to share donations they receive with network partners.
We appreciate your partnership. Together we can help reduce heat-related deaths across our region and provide help to the most vulnerable.
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Cleo Warner | [email protected] | Human Services Planner II