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. Stay informed! Sign up to receive heat alerts via email.
Cars can heat up quickly when left in the sun. It is NEVER safe to leave a toddler, disabled person or pet locked in a car, even in the winter. A reported 51 young children died in hot cars in 2019. Read national info about health dangers of heat and what to do in an excessive heat event.
Each year, Maricopa Association of Governments 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.
Many schools are serving free grab and go meals during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Children and teens ages 18 and younger can receive free meals at participating locations throughout the state. You can get meals from any site, find one close to you on this interactive map or view complete list in this google doc.
Families can also text “Food” to 877-877 (or “Comida” for Spanish) to get information on what programs are closest.
Find nearby emergency food for yourself or someone you know with this directory of emergency food options (food banks, pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters)
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.
During excessive heat warnings, it is important to stay inside as much as possible, but not everyone is as fortunate to have a roof over their head. You can make a difference out in the community from home with these diverse activities.
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 to our partner organizations! Get your family or coworkers together to build the kits and email email@example.com to coordinate a drop off! Click HERE for instruction on building your kit.
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.