Heat Relief Network

Heat Relief Network
Posted on 05/06/2022

As temps begin to climb, the city offers ways for the public to remain cool

With temperatures expected to hit triple-digits for the first time this year in the 

coming days, the city of Glendale is proud to continue its partnership with the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) to support and launch the Heat Relief Network.

The Heat Relief Network is a regional partnership of the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), municipalities, nonprofit organizations, the faith-based community, and businesses. providing hydration stations, refuge locations and water donation sites throughout the Valley. Heat Relief Network launched in 2005 after a weeklong heat wave causing about 30 deaths in the homeless population.

“The city of Glendale’s motto is to improve the lives of the people we serve every day,” said Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers. “Participating in this program that assists those who are homeless, homebound, or anyone in need of water or a cool place to escape the summer heat is another way we live that motto.”

The city now offers eleven heat relief sites, which is two more than last year. They include, the Glendale Community Action Program (CAP) Office and Public Housing Office, the Glendale Adult Center, the Foothills Recreation & Aquatic Center, the Glendale Municipal Courts building, the Glendale Community Center, the Glendale Cemetery and all four Glendale Public Library branches.

“We’re proud to offer this valuable service that helps keep our vulnerable populations safe during these extremely hot months,” said Glendale Community Engagement Program Manager Michelle Yates. “Partnering with MAG gives Glendale the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable populations such as older adults, economically challenged residents, individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness and individuals with disabilities.”

Last summer, over 10,000 total bottles of water were distributed at Glendale locations.

There is also an Emergency Heat Relief Station at the Salvation Army Glendale Corps, located at 6010 W. Northern Avenue. Additional sites throughout the county can be found on the Heat Relief Network (azmag.gov)provided by MAG.

The Heat Relief Network (HRN) went into effect Sunday, May 1 and lasts through September 30 of this year. HRN provides these tips to avoid heat-related illness or death:

  1. Increase fluid intake and stay hydrated

  2. Limit exercise and outdoor activity between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

  3. When outside, be sure to properly dress for the extreme heat and wear sunscreen; with a minimum of SPF 15

  4. Rest frequently in cool/shady areas

  5. Never leave any persons or pets inside a parked vehicle

  6. Check on elderly neighbors and/or family members

The city of Glendale also offers several additional excessive heat-related programs, which include a Glendale emergency home repair program and utility assistance. Utility assistance is offered through the CAP office for qualifying residents. The emergency home repair program helps low-to-moderate income households in need of repairs such as an AC unit or evaporative cooler repair. The city partners with Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona to offer this program.