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City Takes Proactive Safety Steps to Protect Residents as Extreme Summer Heat Hits Phoenix https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/human-services/2387Human Services6/16/2022 11:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2387/Newsroom_HumanServices_005.jpgCity Takes Proactive Safety Steps to Protect Residents as Extreme Summer Heat Hits Phoenix <div class="ExternalClass0721CA2FA6EF4C85B0000F2AD5C2B4B4"><p> The City of Phoenix is proactively working to reverse the trend of increasing heat-related deaths in Maricopa County and save lives this summer by increasing resources dedicated to heat respite. In 2021, there were 338 heat-associated deaths in Maricopa County. Of those, 130 (42%) were among people experiencing homelessness. The number of heat-associated deaths among those experiencing homelessness declined by 24% from 2020 to 2021 while the overall number of heat-associated deaths continued to rise.</p><p> The City is dedicated to providing safe places where people in need can go to cool down during the hot summer months. That includes providing heat respite for more than 1,600 people during the day and 1,180 people at night, either through direct funding or partnerships with Maricopa County and non-profit agencies. In 2022, the City has added the following new resources: </p><ul><li><p> A total of four new shade structures at the Human Services Campus (HSC). There is an enclosed shade structure with air conditioning at 9th Avenue and Jackson which can serve 120 people during the day. There are also three new additional shade structures with evaporative cooling on the Campus lawn and at 12th Avenue and Madison, which can serve 200 people during the day. People do not need an HSC identification card, or any ID, to access the cooling tents at 9th Avenue and Jackson or at 12th Avenue and Madison. </p></li></ul><ul><li><p> The Office of Heat Response and Mitigation (OHRM) is distributing high-quality, insulated, reusable water bottles; hats; sunscreen; personal misters; and cooling towels to those who are in need around the Human Services Campus, and across the city. Volunteers with the We're Cool program are helping distribute supplies on the streets several times each week.</p></li></ul><ul><li><p> OHRM has also provided 30,000 of the above-mentioned heat relief items free of charge to 30 community nonprofit organizations that in turn help distribute the items through their own outreach efforts. </p></li></ul><ul><li><p> The City provided additional ice chests and water for distribution at the Human Services Campus located at 9th Avenue and Jackson and 12th Avenue and Madison.</p></li></ul><ul><li><p> The City identified a vacant building at 2739 E. Washington St. and quickly created a 24/7 heat respite center for 200 people which opened in mid-May. The shelter provides wraparound services and is unique in that it prioritizes serving people experiencing homelessness in the neighborhood surrounding the shelter and in the area surrounding the Human Services Campus. $16 million of the approved ARPA Second Tranche Strategic Plan is dedicated to keeping this facility open beyond the summer for an additional two years, through at least December 2024. </p></li></ul><ul><li><p> The City funded the new $1.6 million Respiro Structure, which opened in March at the Human Services Campus, adding 100 shelter beds to provide day and nighttime respite for people experiencing homelessness. </p></li></ul><ul><li><p> The City funded 175 new beds at Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS), expanding its capacity to 600 people. The City also worked with CASS to expand services to include daytime heat respite instead of offering respite only at night. </p></li></ul><ul><li><p> OHRM developed an outreach plan in coordination with the Human Services Department (HSD) for those around the Human Services Campus. The goals are as follows: </p></li></ul><ul><ul><li><p> Guide individuals to the new, enclosed cooling tent and other available resources via direct contacts and signage</p></li><li><p> Provide heat relief supplies at/near the cooling tent</p></li><li><p> Monitor use of shade/cooling/water areas on and around HSC </p></li><li><p> Collect temperature/thermal comfort measurements in various shade/cooling area</p></li><li><p>Provide information about additional nearby cooling centers and hydration stations if needed.</p></li></ul></ul><ul><li><p> The City provided additional funding to the Human Services Campus and Community Bridges, Inc. for outreach teams focused on engaging people who are unsheltered and encouraging people to come to safe, indoor spaces. </p></li></ul><ul><li><p> On June 7, the Phoenix City Council approved an additional $70.5 million in affordable housing and homelessness projects as part of the City's ARPA Second Tranche Strategic Plan. An additional $9M was committed in the ARPA Second Tranche Strategic Plan to tree and shade initiatives that will contribute to long-term heat mitigation and thermal comfort for residents and visitors. The City had previously dedicated $50 million to homeless solutions in the fiscal year 2021-22 </p></li></ul><p> Additionally, the City works with several community partners to continue previously-offered heat relief options including: </p><ul><li><p> The Lodestar Day Resource Center (LDRC) at the Human Services Campus provides day and night heat relief for 100 people. </p></li></ul><ul><li><p> St. Vincent de Paul provides day and night heat relief for 180 people in its dining hall. </p></li></ul><ul><li><p> The Justa Center provides daytime heat respite for 120 people. </p></li></ul><ul><li><p> The City of Phoenix is part of the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG)'s regional Heat Relief Network, which offers cooling centers and hydration stations to people in need throughout the County. More than 50 of the 100+ cooling centers are within Phoenix city limits. <br></p></li><li><p> Free transportation to cooling centers and hydration stations is available 8 a.m.-5 p.m. by calling 2-1-1, thanks to a generous contribution from Arizona Public Service (APS). <br></p></li><li><p> The City invites participation in direct heat relief outreach efforts to vulnerable community members through the We're Cool and Cool Callers programs. Those interested to participate can learn more and sign up at phoenix.gov/volunteer. </p></li></ul><p> To learn more about how to manage the extreme heat of summer visit <a target="_blank" href="/heatsite"> Phoenix.gov/HeatSite</a> and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.heataz.org/"> HeatAZ.org</a>.</p><p>Find cooling stations and water through the Heat Relief Network:<a target="_blank" href="https://hrn.azmag.gov/">hrn.azmag.gov</a>.<br></p><p> View heat-health data: <a target="_blank" href="https://www.maricopa.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/5404"> https://www.maricopa.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/5404</a>.<br></p></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/humanservicesNewshuman-servicesDr. David Hondula and City of Phoenix volunteers conducting heat relief outreach HS@phxhumanservice @HeatReadyPHX #ExtremeHeat #PHXHeat #PHXSummerheat relief, homelessness, respite, unsheltered, shelterKristin Couturier602-568-8126602-534-5627kristin.couturier@phoenix.govPHXHumanServiceDr. David Hondula and City of Phoenix volunteers conducting heat relief outreach

 

 

Popular Phoenix Trails to Close During Extremely Hot Dayshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/3080Parks and Recreation4/22/2024 4:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3080/Trail-Closure-at-Piestewa-Peak.jpgPopular Phoenix Trails to Close During Extremely Hot Days<div class="ExternalClassED91D3EB345F479CB56F4199D66815AB"><html> <p>Three popular City of Phoenix hiking trails will close during extremely hot days.<br></p> <p>On days when the National Weather Service issues an Excessive Heat Warning, Camelback Mountain's Echo and Cholla Trails and all trails associated with Piestewa Peak Trailhead in the Phoenix Mountains Preserve will close from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.​<br></p> <p>During Excessive Heat Warnings, trail access is limited, parking lot gates will be closed, and signage will be posted. Closure information will be posted on the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department's website and social media accounts, and to local resorts and hotels. Additionally, Phoenix Park Rangers will be visible at those locations to remind and educate trail users about the restrictions. Email notifications are also available by <a href="/parks/trails/take-a-hike-do-it-right" target="_blank"><strong style="color:rgb(139, 0, 0);">signing up for “Hiking and Heat Updates" online.</strong></a> </p> <p>To help with that recommendation, extended summer hours are in effect annually from June  through September at North Mountain Park and Piestewa Peak Trailhead in the Phoenix Mountains Preserve, and Pima Canyon Trailhead in South Mountain Park/Preserve. To provide an extra two hours of availability and promote hiking after 7 p.m., parking lot entrances are open until 9 p.m. at those locations. Year-round at those three trailheads, parking lots open at 5 a.m., and trails are open until 11 p.m. All other trails within the Phoenix parks system will remain open.</p> <p>During the Valley's warm weather months, and regardless of whether an Excessive Heat Watch is in effect, it is recommended that trail users hike during the early morning or evening hours when it is cooler and there is more shade.</p> <p>Looking for an open trail? There are more than 200 miles of open trails within the City of Phoenix. Visit <a href="http://www.phoenix.gov/trails" target="_blank"><strong style="color:rgb(139, 0, 0);">Phoenix.gov/trails</strong></a><span style="color:rgb(139, 0, 0);"> </span>to plan your next hike.</p> <p> <strong>BACKGROUND</strong> </p> <p>In summer 2021, the Parks and Recreation Department ran a 2 ½ month pilot program from July 13 to September 30 in which they closed these same trails to reduce heat-related injuries and deaths and reduce the risk of injuries to rescue personnel.</p> <p>In October of 2021, the Parks and Recreation Board formally adopted the program limiting hiking on some trails from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on National Weather Service issued Heat Warning days.</p> <p>The first full season of the Trails and Heat Safety Program ran from May 1, 2022, through Sept. 30, 2022, for a duration of 153 days. There were 18 <a href="http://www.weather.gov/" target="_blank"><strong style="color:rgb(139, 0, 0);"><span style="">National Weather Service</span> </strong></a>(NWS) issued Heat Warning Days and, therefore, 18 resulting trail closure days in 2022. In 2023, there were 42 trail closure days. </p> <p>In August of 2023, the Parks and Recreation Board expanded the trail closure program to cover the entire year (previously ​May – October) and extended the closure hours to begin at 9 a.m. (previously 11 a.m.). <a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/2852" target="_blank"><strong style="color:rgb(139, 0, 0);">Read more about the board's decision.</strong></a> </p> <p> <strong>TAKE A HIKE, DO IT RIGHT</strong> </p> <p>The Phoenix Parks and Recreation, and Fire departments have worked in partnership since 2015 to share the <a href="/parks/trails" target="_blank"><strong style="color:rgb(139, 0, 0);">“Take a Hike. Do it Right. </strong></a><span style="color:rgb(139, 0, 0);">"</span> hiking safety message and continue to lead with education about responsible hiking. All trail users should follow these important and potentially life-saving hiking guidelines:</p> <p>•Dress Appropriately: Wear proper shoes, clothing, hat, and sunscreen.</p> <p>•Bring Water: Hydrate before you go. Have plenty of water, more than you think you need. Turn around and head back to the trailhead before you drink half of your water.</p> <p>•Keep in Contact: Carry a mobile phone.</p> <p>•Team Up: Hike with others. If hiking solo, tell someone your start and end times, and location.</p> <p>•Be Honest: Do you have a medical condition? Asthma, heart problems, diabetes, knee or back problems? Don't push yourself! (Even trained athletes have been caught off guard by getting dehydrated on Arizona trails.)</p> <p>•Don't Trailblaze: Enjoy the Sonoran Desert's beautiful and undeveloped landscape, but please stay on designated trails.</p> <p>•Take Responsibility: Don't be "that person" – the one who wasn't prepared, shouldn't have been there for health reasons, or ignored safety guidelines. Be the responsible hiker, who takes a hike and does it right!</p> <p>For the safety of pets, dogs are prohibited on any City of Phoenix trail when the temperature is 100 degrees or warmer. The Arizona Humane Society advises that temperatures in the 90s are also unsafe for pets to be outdoors. <br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNews
Fire Ban in Desert Parks and Preserves Starts May 1https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/3078Parks and Recreation4/19/2024 9:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3078/Phoenix-Mountain-Preserve.jpgFire Ban in Desert Parks and Preserves Starts May 1<div class="ExternalClass707B3004499A4E278C1DBC87932404E8"><html> <p>The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department will put into effect its annual ban of open fires in the City's desert parks and mountain preserves starting Wednesday, May 1, 2024. The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department's annual fire ban goes into effect the same day .</p><p>In consultation with the Phoenix Fire Department, smoking and charcoal fires are included in the ban due to the extreme fire danger that the combination of low humidity, increased temperatures, excessive dry vegetation, and frequent high winds create each spring.</p><p>The ban applies to <strong>Camelback Mountain, Deem Hills Recreation Area, Lookout Mountain, Papago Park, Phoenix Mountains Park and Recreation Area, Phoenix Mountains Preserve, Phoenix Sonoran Preserve, North Mountain Park, Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area, and South Mountain Park/Preserve.</strong></p><p>The ban does not apply to the City's flatland parks.</p><p>For those using the City's desert parks and preserve land, the fire ban stipulates the following:</p><p>·       Open wood and charcoal fires are prohibited</p><p>·       Propane or gas grills may be used, but only in established picnic areas<br></p><p><strong>The following activities continue to be prohibited year-round:</strong></p><ul style="" class="" dir=""><li>Smoking outside enclosed vehicles </li><li>Fireworks</li></ul><p>Motorists traveling through or near Phoenix's desert parks and mountain preserves should use extreme care with smoking materials and dispose of those only in their vehicle's ash tray.</p><p>To protect their homes, residents whose property borders the City's preserve land may remove dry shrubs, brush and grasses, and trim dead branches from trees within the 10-foot strip of land that borders their property. By creating this 10-foot "buffer zone" residents can help to protect their homes from potential brush fires in the adjacent preserve land.</p><p>Preserve neighbors also should check irrigation lines and pool back-flush hoses to ensure that water is not seeping into the preserve. Outside water sources encourage unnaturally dense vegetation growth, which increases fire risk.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNews
​City Exhibit Takes Aim at Sexual Assault Victim “Shaming” and “Blaming”https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/human-services/3079Human Services4/19/2024 4:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3079/library.jpg​City Exhibit Takes Aim at Sexual Assault Victim “Shaming” and “Blaming”<div class="ExternalClass42B88EECDE6A4A67B3CBCE0CA2D77D7B"><html> <p>​The City of Phoenix's Strategic Initiatives team invites you to visit a powerful exhibit to raise awareness about sexual assault as part of April's “Let's Talk Teal Campaign." April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and the city provides resources and awareness events all month.</p> <p>The exhibit titled “What were you wearing?" draws attention to the “rape culture," where questions and statements like these are common, and put the blame on the victim. Victim shaming and blaming discourages victims from coming forward to report the crime and seek help. The display features the stories of several survivors and a representation of the clothes they were wearing when they were assaulted. </p> <p>The exhibit is on display at Burton Barr Library on the 2nd floor through April 24th.</p> <p>The <a target="_blank" href="/humanservices/programs/strategicinitiatives">City of Phoenix's Strategic Initiatives</a> section collaborates with community partners to combat domestic violence, sexual assault, unhealthy youth relationships, human trafficking, and to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic. We achieve this mission through prevention, training, community awareness, and enhancing services for the overall well-being of those we serve.​<br></p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/humanservicesNews

 

 

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