By, Maricopa Association of Governments, The Town of Queen Creek, and San Tan Times staff

The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for Maricopa and Pinal Counties from 10:00 AM Tuesday, June 11, 2019 to 8:00 PM Thursday, June 13, 2019. Daytime highs are expected to be in the 110-115 degrees Fahrenheit range.

The Human Services Campus (204 S 12th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85007) will provide weather relief shelter in the St. Vincent de Paul Dining Hall from now until September 30, 2019. CASS will operate the shelter and serve any adult able to access services on our Campus and in need of shelter.

Anyone seeking to access this shelter can check in at 7:00 PM at 11th Avenue and Jackson. PDFs for hydration stations, emergency hydration stations, and refuge locations for June, 2019 can be found on the Heat Relief Network webpage. The interactive map in English and Spanish can also be accessed, and filters can be applied to find the closest light rail stations and bus routes.

Precautions to prevent heat exhaustion or heat stroke:

  • Stay in air-conditioned buildings.
  • Limit outdoor activity during the hottest part of the day (mid-day).
  • Check on at-risk friends, family, and neighbors at least twice a day.
  • Drink water before, during, and after working or exercising outside.
  • Check the UV Index.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention provides the following tips for preventing heat-related illness:

  • Drink plenty of fluids – don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink water
  • Avoid liquids that cause you to lose more body fluids (alcohol and sugary drinks)
  • Stay indoors, if at all possible
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing
  • Limit outdoor activity to morning and evening hours
  • If you must be outdoors, rest often in a shady area
  • Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and plenty of sunscreen

Children and pets should never be left alone in a vehicle, especially during the summer months. The ‘look before you lock’ campaign serves as a reminder of the dangers of a hot vehicle.

The Humane Society provides the following tips for keeping pets safe in the heat:

  • Watch humidity
  • Limit exercise, and do not exercise in the heat of the day
  • Provide ample shade and water
  • Cool pets from the inside and out
  • Watch for signs of heatstroke