West Valley residents who need a place to cool off as temperatures soar as high as 118 degrees over the Labor Day weekend can head to one of four Salvation Army relief stations.
The National Weather Service issued an Excessive Heat Warning for 11 counties, including Maricopa County, beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4 and running through 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, according NWS’ website, weather.gov/psr.
In addition to Maricopa County, the heat warning covers Coconino, Gila, Graham, Greenlee, La Paz, Mohave, Pima, Pinal, Yavapai and Yuma counties.
During extreme heat, Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services activates 10 heat relief stations throughout the Valley. Most of the stations are dog-friendly, so families can bring their leashed pets when seeking relief. West Valley stations 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.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day the heat warning is in effect, according to the organization’s website.
Relief stations follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 guidelines to ensure the safety of those who depend on the organization’s programs and services, as well as the safety of the organization’s officers, staff and volunteers.
For more information, visit salvationarmyphoenix.org/extreme-heat-relief or call 602-267-4100.
A mobile hydration unit also will 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.
The Arizona Department of Health Services advises taking the following 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; and
• Drink water before, during and after working or exercising outside.