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Phoenix readies for extreme summer heatPhoenix readies for extreme summer heat<div class="ExternalClassE668BC1E19234D08AE14EC3B32A2DCB9"><p>​</p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:100%;"><p>The mild May weather has officially ended as temperatures creep up above 100 degrees. Phoenix averaged more than 100 days in the triple digits last year. With the expected increase in heat, the city of Phoenix has launched the "We're Cool" outreach campaign. The campaign promotes the locations that have been designated "We're Cool – Heat Relief Network" spots throughout Phoenix and offers free bottles of water and indoor locations to cool off. </p><p>"Phoenix is taking the lead on reaching out to adults on fixed incomes, those experiencing homelessness and others at risk during our hottest months so they know where they can get help," said Mayor Greg Stanton. "The 'We're Cool' campaign is powered by dedicated volunteers working to connect residents in need to heat relief-resources like hydration and cooling stations."</p><p>In addition to activating the hydration and cooling stations, the city of Phoenix Human Services Department is soliciting donations to stock the "We're Cool" locations through the next five months. These donations are tax deductible. For more information on donating, visit phoenix.gov/heat.</p><p>"Last year, we launched 'We're Cool' to build awareness of the cooling stations and make sure those in need knew right where to go when they needed support," said Phoenix's Chief Service Officer Michael Hammett.</p><p>Next month, Hammett and the Resilient PHX AmeriCorps VISTA team will coordinate an extensive volunteer-based outreach effort. Volunteers will canvas central city neighborhoods and public transit stops to make sure as many people as possible know about these vital resources to prevent heat-related illnesses this summer. </p><p>The "We're Cool" campaign is part of the Heat Relief Network, a partnership between the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), municipalities, nonprofit organizations and faith-based communities that provide refuge from the extreme Arizona heat for those in need.</p><p>The "We're Cool" outreach map that lists the locations of the hydration and cooling locations in Phoenix. <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1334351/4062785/20007/3/">Click here for a downloadable map.</a><br></p><p>The Heat Relief Network offers water donation sites, hydration stations and refuge locations across the region. For a regional listing of locations, visit phoenix.gov/heat.</p></td></tr></tbody></table></div>5/22/2017 7:00:00 AMTamra IngersollHuman Services Department602-534-6648