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Phoenix Allies for Community Health (PACH)
2902 W Clarendon Ave, Phoenix, Arizona 85017
Heat on The Street
Heat Emergency Response Volunteers and Training at PACH
Where: PACH Clinic, 2902 W Clarendon Ave
Sunday, June 18, 3:00 PM (Training only)
Monday, June 19, 12:00 PM (1 hour training- search for heat emergencies)- 6 PM
Tuesday, June 20, 12:00 PM (1 hour training- search for heat emergencies)- 6PM
The weather in Phoenix is forecast to hit a critical high levels of around120 degrees on Monday and Tuesday June 19 & 20. This raises grave concerns about the safely of those who may be unable to find appropriate shelter.
People who are experiencing homelessness, often coupled with serious mental illness and physical challenges, can not always navigate their way to cooled shelter during these extreme heat events. Prompt recognition of the signs of heat emergencies, providing cooling measures in the field, and arranging transport to appropriate facilities for treatment can save lives.
We are seeking Good Samaritan volunteers to help us comb the city for those who are suffering from heat exhaustion and heat stroke. We will also hand out water and Gatorade where needed, and urge people to take cover in air conditioned places.
You don't need any formal medic or medical training to volunteer; we will do a short training on recognizing and treating heat emergencies in the field, including volunteer safety and instructions on when it is appropriate to call EMS.
We will provide Gatorade by the case, water, ice, and towels to wet down for emergency cooling. Donations of any of these items are also welcomed. Just contact [email protected]
to arrange drop offs before Monday.
The heat will peak in the afternoon and the days are as long as they get, so taking shifts may be in order if we have enough responders.
You will need to bring a vehicle, a cooler, and a charged cellphone to make 911 calls if needed. We will team you up with a buddy as well. You may need to spend some time outside your air-conditioned vehicle, so appropriate gear, including hat, sunscreen, and keeping yourself well hydrated is necessary as well.
Having a trained response team to call on during subsequent heat emergencies will be invaluable to help keep our most vulnerable community members safe.