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Heat relief stations open around the Valley for summer 2023

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Salvation Army Heat Relief Stations
Posted at 10:09 AM, May 01, 2023

PHOENIX — Hundreds of heat relief stations are opening around the Valley for people in need of shade, water, air-conditioning, and more.

The Maricopa County Association of Governments (MAG) and its partners are launching the annual regional Heat Relief Network offering various resources including drinking water, indoor areas with air-conditioning, and places to rest. Other sites are used as donation collection sites for items like water, clothing, sunblock, etc.

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The network is a much-needed set of resources, especially after summer 2022, which was the deadliest on record in terms of heat-related fatalities, according to statistics. Data shows 425 people died during the six-month heat season last year.

To donate water to St. Mary's Food Bank, click here.

See the full list of locations offering resources and relief or click here to see a map.

MAG says the map and directories are updated as new partners sign up throughout the summer season, which runs from May 1 to September 30.

Other services, resources, donations and volunteer opportunities

  • Cool Callers: The City of Phoenix has volunteers that give registered community members calls to verify they are safe and their homes are cool. To sign up for the calls, click here.
  • We’re Cool Heat Relief Outreach: Help connect residents to city services, especially those in parks, underserved communities, transit locations, etc. Sign up to help here.
  • Free transportation to a heat-relief center: 2-1-1 Arizona and Arizona Public Service partnered up to offer free rides to cooling centers and emergency relief stations during summer months.
  • Salvation Army: The Salvation Army is always looking for volunteers at its heat relief stations. For more information, you can contact your local Salvation Army location or call 602-267-4100.