Each summer Arizona emergency rooms have nearly 2,000 visits for heat-related illnesses. Further, between 2000 and 2012, there have been more than 1,500 deaths from exposure to excessive heat in the state – which averages to 118 individuals each year. The nearly 8,000 men, women and children experiencing homelessness in the Valley are particularly vulnerable during these months. Their exposure to the summer’s elements not only increases their chances for heat-related illnesses, but also increases the potential for death. By distributing bottled water and safety information, CASS can help ensure the homeless stay hydrated and healthy during the hot summer months.