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Salvation Army opens heat relief, cooling stations as temperatures rise

(Salvation Army Photo)

PHOENIX – As temperatures in the Phoenix area begin to skyrocket, international charity Salvation Army has opened emergency heat relief stations in eight Valley cities.

The indoor cooling and hydration stations became operational Sunday and will remain running through Friday, the charity said.

An excessive heat warning went into effect Sunday and was to last through Saturday night. The National Weather Service said highs were expected to reach 118 degrees at least twice this week, with most lows in the upper 80s.

“Anyone can come into a Salvation Army location for indoor cooling and hydration during regular operating hours, but when the National Weather Service issues an excessive heat warning, the Salvation Army considers it a disaster situation,” Major David Yardley, program coordinator for metro Phoenix, said in a post on its website.

The stations will be open from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Phoenix sites:

• Phoenix Citadel Corps Community Center, 628 N. Third Ave.

• Phoenix Maryvale Corps Community Center, 4318 W. Clarendon Ave.

• Ray & Joan Kroc Center Phoenix, 1375 E. Broadway Road

• Phoenix Family Services Office, 2707 E. Van Buren St., Bldg. 2

Sites in the East Valley:

• Apache Junction – Corps Community Center, 605 E. Broadway Ave.

• Chandler – Corps Community Center, 85 E. Saragosa St.

• Mesa – Corps Community Center, 241 E. Sixth St.

•Tempe – Corps Community Center, 40 E. University Drive

Sites in the West Valley:

• Avondale – Estrella Mountain Corps Community Center, 11 N. Third Ave.

• Glendale – Corps Community Center, 6010 W. Northern Ave.

• Surprise – North West Valley Corps Community Center, 17420 N. Avenue of the Arts Blvd.

There will also be canopied stations outdoors with water at the ready for anyone in need at various locations.

A mobile hydration station will be on the streets to hand out water and other aid to the homeless population, the organization said.

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