An investigation conducted by the Arizona Republic revealed that an expanding urban heat island is creating blistering temperatures across Maricopa County. There are now six extra weeks of triple-digit days compared to a century ago.
During the height of summer, even nighttime temperatures can hover in the triple digits. Our homeless neighbors need cool, refreshing water to stabilize their core body temperature, and without someplace to escape from the blazing Phoenix summer heat, they are at risk of serious illness — even death!
In Phoenix’s intense summer heat, one’s body temperature can rise in minutes. Anything above 104 degrees is dangerous for the brain and can cause:
- throbbing headache
— Source: Arizona Department of Health Services
Our most vulnerable population
The elderly, especially those already suffering from illnesses, are the most vulnerable to excessive heat. They often don’t consume enough liquids and their bodies don’t regulate temperature as they should.
Last year more than 60 heat-related deaths were attributed to senior citizens, who expired in homes where the temperature exceeded 90 degrees.
Your support helps reach these most vulnerable neighbors with water, food, and the special attention they need during the hot summer months.
Because we buy goods in bulk at reduced prices, your dollars are stretched to the limit to care for our homeless neighbors. Thank you for supporting Phoenix Rescue Mission and investing in lives!