Arizona heat affects everyone; from heat cramps, to heat exhaustion, to heat stroke, heat related illnesses are dangerous. As the temperature rises, staying safe outside will become more and more difficult. You, or someone you know, may be looking for ways to keep out of the heat or find some relief if going home is not an option. Here are a few resources available around the Phoenix Metro area.
The Arizona Department of Health Services has a heat safety section with tips to keep yourself as safe as possible while you’re in the sun and shares symptoms to watch for so you can recognize the signs of heat-related illness.
Summer meals mean sunny smiles! Many children receive their only meals while they are at school, resources like Summer Food Service help families keep their children eating all year round. Children ages 18 and under can receive free meals at food locations near you. Families can also text “Food” to 877-877 (or “Comida” for Spanish) to get information on what programs are closest.
Searching 211arizona.org will also give you information on water and refuge stations, food programs and more. If you don’t have regular access to the internet to search for these items you can always call 2-1-1 to speak with someone who can direct you to partners who can help you.
Summer Relief Kits
You can be a hands-on part of providing relief to those who need it by making summer relief kits for Valley of the Sun United Way to give out at Project Connect! Get your family or coworkers together to build the kits and email firstname.lastname@example.org to coordinate a drop off! Click HERE for instruction on building your kit.
These Resources Can Save a Life
The high temperatures in Arizona can potentially be fatal. If you or someone you know needs access to these services, please use and share them.