Please take a moment to check out this story with helpful tips on how to keep your pets safe in the bitter cold including an interview with iHeartCommunities Correspondent Sherry DeGenova!
The cold weather has its effect on all of us, but it’s also important to remember it can have an impact on our furry friends. Please take a look at this story as reported by WHCN news partner WFSB Channel 3 CLICK HERE!
Local CT Alert: Severe Weather Protocol Activated
Shelters across the state will be coordinating with 2-1-1 to help those in need for warming centers. Please check on your neighbors, animals and if you can please consider donating blankets and coats to groups such as the Salvation Army or to your local shelter. Please CLICK HERE to get the latest weather updates from our Weather Partner WTNH.
Warming centers are open across a number of Connecticut cities, including Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven and New London.
A list of shelters and warming centers that are open across Connecticut can be located by calling 2-1-1 or visiting www.211ct.org.
United Way 2-1-1 is Connecticut’s statewide, 24 hour, information and referral service. Click on the links below for local, state and federal information and resources available to Connecticut residents regarding extreme cold weather events.
Warming Centers and Shelters
Click here for a list of warming centers that have been opened throughout the State. If there is no warming center listed in your town/city, please note that libraries, senior centers and other public locations are good places to keep warm or seek shelter.
You can also search the 2-1-1 database for homeless drop-in centers that can be visited during the day. And to find a homeless shelter in your area, please dial 2-1-1 or search the 2-1-1 database for listings of shelters.
If you are a city/town official and need to update or list a warming center or shelter, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the details and your contact information.
State & Federal Disaster Emergency Service Resources
- Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection (CTDEMHS)
- Department of Public Health (CTDPH) – “Cold Weather Tips”
- Department of Public Health (CTDPH) – “Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detection Tips & Resources”
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) – “Winter Weather Tips”
- American Red Cross – “Cold Weather Safety Tips” (Information available in 10 different languages here)
- American Red Cross of Connecticut – “Keep Safe From Artic Chill”
For additional information and resources on preparing for a Winter Storm/Blizzard or Severe Cold Weather or for safety tips regarding detecting Carbon Monoxide (CO) in the home, see the following 2-1-1 eLibrary papers: