road sign in Death Valley warning travelers of extreme heat

Local Organizations Prepare For Excessive Heat Watch

Summer is officially heating up. The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch for Tuesday and Wednesday, initiating organizations to take action to make sure residents stays safe.

The National Weather Service has reported that over the past few years hundreds have died in Maricopa County because of extreme temperatures. It is that time again to remind everyone to check on elderly neighbors and to limit the time you spend outdoors.

As the valley temperatures rise, it also becomes a necessity for people to seek shelter.

“Last month over 500 people who wanted emergency shelter were turned away because we don’t have enough bed capacity,” Lisa Glow, with Central Arizona Shelter Services, said.

This week St. Vincent De Paul’s has been working to set up an emergency shelter.

“People just line up at night between 7 and 9 to get a temporary bed inside the weather relief shelter,” she said.

Heat-relief stations have been set up across the valley. Click here to locate a station.

The Phoenix Rescue Mission and CASS continue to accept donations.