Governor Lamont Activates State’s Severe Cold Weather Protocol as Frigid Temps Approach Friday Night
A List of Shelters and Warming Centers in Connecticut Can Be Located by Calling 2-1-1
(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced that as temperatures are anticipated to dip into the single digits and teens on Friday night, he will be activating the state’s Severe Cold Weather Protocol beginning at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, February 14, 2020, and lasting through 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 15.
The protocol directs staff from the relevant state agencies to coordinate with United Way 2-1-1 and Connecticut’s network of shelters to ensure that the most vulnerable populations receive protection from the severe conditions. A listing of available shelters throughout Connecticut can be located by calling 2-1-1 or visiting www.211ct.org.
“We’ve been a bit lucky so far this season with relatively mild temperatures as compared to normal, but a blast of freezing cold air will be heading in our direction on Friday night,”Governor Lamont said. “Being outdoors in these extreme cold conditions for extended periods is not safe, and we must spread the word that shelters are available throughout Connecticut. If you or someone you know is in need of shelter, call 2-1-1 and they will direct you to a nearby location.”
While activated, the protocol includes the following actions:
- The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection’s Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security activates its WebEOC communications network, an internet-based system that enables local, regional and state emergency management officials and first responders to share up-to-date information about a variety of situations and conditions. The system is used to monitor capacity at shelters across the state, enabling 2-1-1 to act as a clearinghouse to assist in finding shelter space for those who need it. Local officials, working through WebEOC, can alert 2-1-1 and the state when they open temporary shelters or warming centers.
- The Department of Social Services, Department of Housing, and Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services coordinate with 2-1-1 and the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, along with community-based providers, to provide transportation for people seeking shelter.
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This is our Big Y Storm Watch!!!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.
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. PLEASE CLICK HERE for closings & delays! 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 email@example.com 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” 2-1-1 eLibrary
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:
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Dept. of Emergency Services & Public Protection - 860-256-0800
Department of Transportation- 860-594-2000
Connecticut 211 - 1-800-203-1234
GET NOTIFIED: Sign up with www.CTAlert.gov to receive any emergency information sent out in your town.
STATEWIDE UPDATESClick Here Governor Lamont direct page/press conference schedules and statewide alerts.
CT CHAPTER OF THE RED CROSS Cold Weather Safety Tips from the American Red Cross CLICK HERE
CANCELLATIONS? DELAYS:CLICK here to get to our Big Y Storm Center Powered by WTNH
YOU CAN HELP:With the temperatures getting so cold, you may know someone who needs a little help keeping warm. This link will provide you with locations across the state. AS always you can call
2 1 1 toll free from anywhere too. CLICK HERE FOR THE INFORMATION
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