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Valley organizations prepare for excessive heat watch this week

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Posted at 2:56 PM, Jun 09, 2019

PHOENIX — The National Weather Service is issuing an excessive heat watch for Tuesday and Wednesday, prompting organizations to take action to make sure everyone stays safe.

Steven Reineking works at Phoenix Rescue Mission. But a few years ago, he lived on the streets during the summer months.

"It was hotter than sin out there, and it was tough," Reineking said. "I would look for shade behind a building, behind supermarkets."

Reineking now helps hand out bottles of water to the homeless.

"We have folks out there that are just like, I can't believe there are people out there that help us," he said.

As the temperatures rise, more people are seeking shelter.

MAP: Heat-relief stations set up across the Valley in 2019

"Last month over 500 people who wanted emergency shelter were turned away because we don't have enough bed capacity," Lisa Glow, with Central Arizona Shelter Services, said.

Starting Monday, they're setting up an emergency shelter at St. Vincent De Paul's.

"People just line up at night between 7 and 9 to get a temporary bed inside the weather relief shelter," she said.

The National Weather Service says over the past few years hundreds have died in Maricopa County because of extreme temperatures. They're reminding everyone to check on elderly neighbors and limit the time you spend outdoors.

The Phoenix Rescue Mission and CASS continue to accept donations.