Gov. Malloy activates cold weather protocol

HARTFORD Conn. (WTNH) — In anticipation of temperatures dropping well below freezing in the next several days, Governor Dannel Malloy has activated the state’s Severe Weather Protocol.

While the order is in effect, the states’ Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS), the Department of Social Services (DSS), the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) and the Department of Housing (DOH) are all coordinating with 2-1-1 and Connecticut’s network of shelters to make sure the state’s most vulnerable population are protected from the severe cold.

The state has activated WebEOC, a website where you can get the most up-to-date information on situations and conditions from local, regional and state emergency management officials and first responders.

The system is also 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 are in need of it.

DHMAS has teams who specialize in working with homeless people to locate those most at risk and bring them inside.

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