Hydrate Arizona: Heat-relief for at-risk Arizonans

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Summers in Arizona can be dangerous, even deadly, for people who get dehydrated after a lack of access to drinking water.

Every summer, more than 2,000 people end up in local emergency rooms because of heat-related illnesses.

[RELATED: Arizona Heat Awareness Week gives tips on staying safe during extreme heat]

This problem can be prevented with your help.

Throughout the month of June, 3TV, Arizona’s Family, AmTrust Bank and Albertsons and Safeway stores, are partnering together for “Hydrate Arizona.”

All donations for the water drive will support the Salvation Army’s “Red Shield Survival Squad,” which activates heat-relief stations and other efforts when the summer heat reaches dangerous levels.

For a map of heat-relief stations in your area, click here.

[GOOGLE MAP: Salvation Army Heat Relief Stations]

[SPECIAL SECTION: Arizona's Extreme Heat]

Those who need the service the most include seniors, first responders, the Valley’s homeless and others without a cool place to go during the most excruciating temperatures. The Salvation Army sets up these “hydration stations” throughout the Phoenix metro area to provide important relief on days deemed “heat emergencies” by the National Weather Service.

Make your donation at any Safeway or Albertsons store when you check out, or at any one of the 14 central Arizona AmTrust bank locations. (AmTrust Bank is a division of New York Community Bank).

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