Heat relief network map

The United Way of Pinal County created this map of services provided to residents around Pinal County to deal with overheating. It can be found on the UWPC website.

FLORENCE — With temperatures forecast as high as 110 by Wednesday and Thursday, several locations in western Pinal County are prepared to provide water to people who are feeling parched. Several are also offering to be a heat refuge for people who need to get inside and cool down.

Pinal County, in conjunction with the United Way and Central Arizona Governments, announced locations where people can receive a bottle of water.

In Casa Grande, they are:

  • United Way, 350 E. Sixth St.
  • The Pinal Gila Council for Senior Citizens, 8969 W. McCartney Road
  • The Casa Grande Police Department, 373 E. Val Vista Blvd.
  • National Community Health Partner, 501 N. Florence St.
  • St. Vincent de Paul Society, 405 E. Second St.
  • Seeds of Hope, 518 E. Second St.
  • Casa Grande Public Library, 449 N. Drylake St.
  • Vista Grande Library, 1556 N. Arizola Road
  • TitleMax, 1264 E. Florence Blvd.
  • Pinal County Housing Department, 970 N. Eleven Mile Corner Road

The Housing Department, the libraries, Seeds of Hope and United Way will also serve as heat refuges. The Police Department and St. Vincent de Paul will also accept donations of water from the public.

Compassion Care Center & Redeemed Threads, 5418 E. Skyline Drive in San Tan Valley, will give out water.

In Coolidge, the following will give out water:

  • The Department of Economic Security and Family Assistance, 1155 N. Arizona Blvd.
  • Hope Women’s Center, 850 N. California St.
  • Open Hands Outreach, 204 W. Central Ave.

Hope Women’s Center will also be a heat refuge and Open Hands will also receive water donations.

In Eloy, Community Action Human Resources Agency, 109 N. Sunshine Blvd., and Pinal Hispanic Council/Eloy Veterans Center, 316 N. Main St., will both give out water, offer a place of heat refuge and will also be an emergency hydration station during National Weather Service heat warnings. CAHRA will also collect donations of bottled water from the public.

Several other locations will collect donations of bottled water, including Pinal County Federal Credit Union branches in Florence, Coolidge and San Tan Valley; EMPACT-SPC in San Tan Valley; and the Pinal County Attorney’s Office at 30 N. Florence St. in Florence.

Other organizations that would like to join the Heat Relief Network may sign up by filling out a form on its website at www.unitedwayofpc.org/heatrelief. There is also the option of making a monetary donations for water at that site.

During the heat wave, Pinal County and the United Way encourage residents to:

  • Stay indoors as much as possible and seek air-conditioned buildings.
  • Drink more water than usual and avoid drinking dehydrating drinks, such as alcohol and sugary or caffeinated drinks.
  • Dress for the heat by wearing lightweight and light-colored clothing.
  • Check on your loved ones and neighbors (especially the elderly) who may be more sensitive to heat.
  • If engaging in outdoor activity, take longer and more frequent breaks.
  • Never leave children or pets unattended in cars.
  • Wear sunscreen (minimum SPF 15) and reapply often.
  • Visit a shopping mall, library or other heat refuge.

Mark Cowling is the county reporter for PinalCentral and covers the town of Florence, San Tan Valley and the surrounding area. He can be reached at mcowling@pinalcentral.com.