Heat relief efforts underway for vulnerable populations

The Heat Relief Network, a partnership between the Maricopa Association of Governments, municipalities, nonprofit organizations and faith-based communities provides refuge from the extreme Arizona heat for those in need.

The Heat Relief Network offers water donation sites, hydration stations and refuge locations across the region. MAG coordinates with regional partners to provide maps of the donation, hydration and refuge locations in the Valley. Printable maps are being distributed throughout the community.

“The goal of the Heat Relief Network is to increase awareness of the dangers of extreme heat and coordinate resources for those in need,” says Chandler Councilmember Kevin Hartke, co-chair of the MAG Continuum of Care Board, in a prepared statement, adding that the Phoenix area averages 110 days of temperatures above 100-degrees, resulting in many people suffering from heat-related illnesses.

Although anyone can be affected by extreme heat, the high-risk populations include those experiencing homelessness and adults on a fixed-income who often sacrifice air conditioning to save on utilities, according to a press release.

“To prevent further loss of life, we are asking the community for help with donations,” says UMOM New Day Centers CEO Darlene Newsom, co-chair of the MAG Continuum of Care Board. “You can help by donating water to a designated site on the Collection Map, or joining the network as a partner.”

To support these relief efforts, MAG is asking businesses and residents for donations, and to help guide those in need to the appropriate relief sites.

Ways to help:

  • Donate bottled water, unused sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, shoes, clothes, or fans to a regional donation site identified on the Collection Map.
  • Join the Heat Relief Network and become a collection site, a hydration site, or a refuge site by visiting azmag.gov/heatrelief.
  • Spread the word in the community about the Heat Relief Network, dangers of extreme heat, and help distribute maps in the community.
  • Learn the signs of heat-related illness at maricopa.gov/publichealth/programs/heat.

Interactive maps and printable maps are available in the resource section of azmag.gov/heatrelief. For information on regional heat relief efforts, please contact Celina Brun at cbrun@azmag.gov or at 602-254-6300.

 

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