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Wharton announces heat emergency plan

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Temperatures in the triple digits are expected this week. Temperatures in the triple digits are expected this week.

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BARTLETT, TN (WMC-TV) - On the same day that Shelby County's ninth heat-related death of 2010 was reported, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton held a press conference to emphasize awareness of the heat.

"We are now moving into what old folks like me call the 'Dog Days of August,'" Wharton said. "And tragically, if you've lived around here, you'll remember one year we lost about 20 of our dear citizens."

Wharton and health officials said this is the time to check in on elderly family members, as well as pets.
"Think of four or five people and pick up the phone and call,." he said.

Wharton stressed that citizens should make use of the city's air conditioned community centers, public libraries, and senior centers.

"Four of those community centers are Ed Rice, Big Foot, Riverview Community Center, and Orange Mound Community Center," he said.

Wharton said the city has also put MATA buses on call to respond as mobile air conditioning centers in an emergency.

Wharton put out a heat hotline if you have a heat emergency: (901) 636-2688.

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