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Salvation Army opens cooling centers during excessive heat

By Independent Newsmedia
Posted 8/23/20

With temperatures around the Valley forecast to hit at least 110 degrees and higher this week, residents should be aware they have somewhere to go to get relief.

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WEATHER

Salvation Army opens cooling centers during excessive heat

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With temperatures around the Valley forecast to hit at least 110 degrees and higher this week, residents should be aware they have somewhere to go to get relief.

The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services activate 10 heat relief stations throughout the Valley on any day the National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning.

The stations follow all recommended Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to ensure the safety of those who depend on The Salvation Army’s programs and services, along with the safety of the organization’s officers, staff and volunteers.

Most are also dog-friendly, so families can bring their leashed pets when seeking relief.

​West Valley stations where anyone in need can go for indoor cooling and hydration include:

 Avondale: Estrella Mountain Corps, 11 N. Third Ave.
Glendale: Glendale Corps, 6010 W. Northern Ave.
Phoenix: Phoenix Maryvale Corps, 4318 W. Clarendon Ave.
Surprise: Sun Cities West Valley Corps, 17420 N. Avenue of the Arts Blvd.

For more information, visitsalvationarmyphoenix.org/extreme-heat-relief or call 602-267-4100.

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A mobile hydration unit will also be dispatched from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day to targeted portions of the Valley that have been identified as homeless encampments and areas with high homeless populations, according to a release.

To maximize safety, The Salvation Army’s heat relief efforts follow current recommended COVID-19 guidelines from local, state and federal health officials.

To donate to the help neighbors in need, visit salvationarmy.phoenix.org or text HEAT to 51555. To volunteer at a heat relief station, contact your local Salvation Army or call 602-267-4100.

The Salvation Army EDS is part of the Maricopa Association of Governments’ Heat Relief Regional Network, the goal of which is to provide resources for vulnerable people and help prevent heat-associated deaths.

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