Issued by the National Weather Service, this warning means there is a high or very high heat risk. During these times, it is best to remain indoors whenever possible. Additional tips at Phoenix.gov/Heat
Phoenix experiences a variety of extreme weather conditions, including dust storms (Haboobs), high winds, severe downpours, flash floods, lightning storms, and brush fires. Be prepared. Phoenix.gov/Update
Local news outlets and the National Weather Service (@NWSPhoenix) will post weather alerts. Follow them on social media for updates.
Pay attention to signs that warn of flood areas. Never cross a flooded wash or road. Just six inches of water can wash away most vehicles.
Instead of sand bags, residents should consider innovative, water barrier options like self-activating flood barriers. These products are reusable and can be found online or at local hardware stores.
If your yard is damaged during a storm, take your branches and debris to a city Transfer Station to be composted. Residents can drop off up to one ton of waste for free each month. Phoenix.gov/TransferStations
When driving in a severe storm, pull over if possible and wait it out. If it’s a dust storm, park off the road shoulder and turn your vehicle lights off.
Prepare a Go Kit
Prepare a portable pack that allows you to be self-sufficient for 72 hours. Include food, water, cash, flashlight, batteries, first aid supplies, and medicine.
Water is Life
To stay hydrated, drink water even when you don’t feel thirsty. The “We’re Cool” campaign offers free water & indoor locations to cool off. To make a large donation of water (or a tax-deductible cash donation) call 602-534-0543.
Always carry sunscreen and apply regularly to you and your kids. Also, wearing light-colored clothing and a wide-brimmed hat (or umbrella) will help protect your skin from harmful UV rays.
Kids & Cars
NEVER leave your child in a parked car, even to run a quick errand. Cracking the window is not enough. Temperatures can reach between 131° and 172° inside a parked car within minutes.
Keep pets hydrated and in the shade. If you notice heat stress (heavy panting, glazed eyes, rapid pulse, deep red or purple tongue) bring pets inside. Note: Dogs are not allowed on city hiking trails when it’s 100° or warmer.
Everyone has a right to cool air! Phoenix requires landlords to maintain a maximum 82° for units with air conditioning, or 86° for units with evaporative coolers. The city will investigate complaints. Call 602-534-4444.
Streets With Shade
Phoenix is exploring innovative ways to stay cool. Up to 3,000 trees are being planted to increase shade. The city is also researching other ways to make streets and sidewalks cooler by using new construction materials.
Download Community Tree Shade Blueprint (PDF)
Tie Up Trash
Please bag and tie your trash before putting it in your container. This helps prevent odors and insects. Remember, don’t overload your container and don’t bag recyclables. Phoenix.gov/PublicWorks/Garbage