Impact of Heat

Extreme heat is defined as temperatures above 90 degrees. Exposure to these temperatures can cause a variety of health problems, especially for sensitive groups like older adults, people with chronic diseases, young children, and people experiencing homelessness. For people experiencing homelessness, seeking refuge from scorching heat is not easy. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)[1] estimates 1,300 heat-related deaths occur nationally every year, with heat contributing to hundreds more deaths in some years. Many persons experiencing homelessness have chronic health conditions (like high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes) and other traits that put them at greater risk of illness or death when exposed to extreme heat[2].

Multiple providers, both housing and homeless providers and healthcare providers, are working hard to address the needs of this population.  The goal of this drive is to connect the public with those who are serving the population.  Every little bit helps.

Extreme Heat Relief Drive

Traditionally these drives have been a focus during the winter to collect cold weather gear, but extreme heat in the Summer can be just as dangerous to those sleeping outside.  The Extreme Heat drive in partnership with Yakima Herald Republic will focus on items to help prevent heat stroke and dehydration – these items include:

  • Bottled water
  • Cooling cloths
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug repellant
  • Crocs

These items will be distributed to area Outreach workers for individuals who are currently homeless and sleeping outside.  While our in-person event occurred on 6-1-22, you can still order directly from Amazon - items will be shipped automatically - by clicking the link below.   

For questions or more information, contact:

 Lee Murdock at or call 509-834-8173

Extreme Heat Relief Drive

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Homeless Network of Yakima County