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Camps and Shelters Prepare for Oppressive Heat

By Caitlyn Jones
By cjones@wbbjtv.com

Jackson, Tenn. - Local groups in Jackson are preparing for the triple digit temperatures expected this week, and they want you to do the same.

The Jackson Humane Society has started putting ice blocks in the bowls for dogs staying in a non-air conditioned room. They say pet owners should bring their pets inside over the next few days if at all possible.

We also went to a local soccer camp where coaches have set up shade areas, misting systems and are including frequent water breaks.

Experts say parents play a big role in preparing their kids for sports camps by making sure they get plenty of nutrients and sleep. Organizers also say they'll be keeping a close eye on the kids to make sure they don't become over heated.

If their faces all over start to get real red not just from the sunburn but because of their body temperature, that's something we want to get someone out of the sun right away. Maybe just take a break for the rest of the day, said one of the coaches.

Humane Society officials tell us they are in need of donations in order to put industrial fans in their kennel. Hanna Brothers Soccer Camp says if the heat index reaches 108 degrees, they'll probably cancel camp for the day.