Heat Relief Regional Network

Heat Relief Regional 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.

Click the links below to understand why our Heat Relief Network partners participate in the program and how it impacts their communities.


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.


Partnering with MAG during the summer months gives you and your agency the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable populations such as older adults, economically challenged residents, individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness and individuals with disabilities.

Partner roles can include providing cooling centers, hydration stations and donation collection points, or a combination of these services. It is the partner’s responsibility to ensure you have water available if you deem yourself as a cooling center and/or a hydration station location. MAG is unable to store or transport water. Please utilize the MAG Interactive Heat Relief Map to coordinate with other network partners for donations of water. We can offer assistance with navigating the interactive map when needed. There are many donation sites across the region that are willing to share donations they receive with network partners. Partners should consider participating in the Cooling Center Response Network, a decentralized donation network connecting cooling center providers with donors. We truly appreciate your partnership, together we are making a difference!



Printable Heat Relief Network Signage (English and Spanish)

Help the public get to your Heat Relief location with identifying signage that can be placed at the entrance or used for directional navigation.

Heat Relief Network Logo (.PDF)   (.PNG)

The goal of the Heat Relief Network is help prevent heat-related deaths. 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. The Heat Relief Network aims to:

  • Create a network of collaborative partners throughout the region providing cooling center locations and hydration stations during the heat of the summer.
  • Provide resources and assistance to people experiencing homelessness, older adults, homebound persons, and other vulnerable populations.
  • Educate the public on the dangers of heat; and help prevent heat-related deaths and illnesses.


Once signed up as a location offering heat relief, the partnering agency is responsible for coordinating with other organizations to obtain, distribute, transport or store water and/or other donations. Cooling centers and hydration stations in need of bottled water are encouraged to utilize the Heat Relief Network map and directories to contact network partners for water donations. Heat Relief Network partners are responsible for keeping their information up-to-date with the Heat Relief Network throughout the summer.

Agencies or organizations wishing to become a Heat Relief Network partner are invited to complete a submission form for each location offering heat relief. Only public or nonprofit locations will be accepted and shown on the map/directories. Private residences will not be accepted. Once the submission form is submitted and approved, your location will be added to the interactive map and printable directory.

Additional Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Heat-related illnesses are frequent during Arizona summers. Each year, nearly 2,000 people visit Arizona emergency rooms because of heat-related illnesses. Some heat-related illnesses can result in death. Almost 1,200 deaths from exposure to excessive natural heat occurred in Arizona from 2006 to 2016.

Weekly Heat Surveillance Reports

Yearly Heat Mortality Reports

According to USClimateData.com, the average temperatures in the region during the summer months are:
May: 95 degrees
June: 104 degrees
July: 106 degrees
August: 104 degrees
September: 100 degrees.

Data courtesy of Maricopa County Public Health Department

Heat-Associated Deaths in Maricopa County By Year (2014-2020)



Heat-Associated Deaths in Maricopa County By Month (2020)



Heat-Associated Deaths in Maricopa County By Age (2020)



Heat Illness by Year (2011-2019)



Environmental Heat Related Hospital Visits, Maricopa County, 2019



Resources for the Public
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


Phoenix, Arizona Current Weather and 7-Day Forecast


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About MAG

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    Phoenix, Arizona 85003

  • Phone: 602-254-6300

  • FAX: 602-254-6490

  • Email: mag@azmag.gov

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