Arizona, especially Maricopa County, has several heat relief stations, cooling centers, and hydration stations all around the state. These places offer water and shelter to those who are most affected by the extreme temperatures. Maricopa County Heat Relief Network stations are open to anyone in need of relief.
Several places are accepting heat relief donations. Safeway, Albertsons, AmTrust Bank, and 3TV will be collecting water until June 30. The Salvation Army is collecting monetary donations. Additionally, the Salvation Army has various heat relief stations set up around the Valley that operate between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Be sure to check on your neighbors, especially your elderly ones, to make sure they are staying hydrated and their A/C is working. If they need assistance, direct them to the resources above.
In Arizona, the hottest part of the day typically occurs between 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Before going outside, make sure to check the weather. If you can, schedule your outdoor activities before 10 a.m. If you need to be outside during the extreme temperatures, take several breaks and stay hydrated.
Shade is very helpful in extreme heat, so seek out trees or manufactured shade structures for heat relief. An umbrella or shade hat can also be useful. In addition to shade, clothing choices are important – loose, light-colored clothing and sunglasses should be worn outside to keep as cool as possible.
There is no need to stay in the house all day! There are several cool spaces for you and your family to go during the summer. Libraries are family-friendly, air-conditioned places to seek relief from the heat. Malls, museums, and other indoor locations can help you beat the heat while still staying active and having fun.
The heat can be overwhelming; seeking relief is crucial. Water and sanctuary from the weather can be the difference between beating the heat or being harmed by it. Keep your family safe and cool this summer!
For more heat relief information, visit these sites: