Phoenix says it's prepared for summer heat

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PHOENIX -- As temperatures continue to rise in the Phoenix area, city officials say they're prepared to take action to ensure the safety of residents.

Both Phoenix fire and police are prepared to respond to heat emergencies and provide water during extreme heat warnings.

The city's Human Services Department is educating senior citizens at its 15 senior centers on the dangers of heat exposure, and how to recognize heat stroke, heat exhaustion, and heat cramps.

And the city says it's working closely with nonprofit and religious groups to reach out to the homeless.

The city also is asking for the public's help. Officials say they need donations of water bottles, sunscreen, and prepackaged
snack items to be distributed to the homeless.

The temperature is expected to be in the mid- to high-90s over the next week.

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