Connecticut shelters put on alert ahead of frigid weather

File photo of a homeless shelter

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials are urging people in need of shelter to call 211 as the state braces for a blast of frigid weather.

A cold-weather protocol activated Tuesday by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy directs state agencies to coordinate with the 211 hotline and the network of shelters to make sure the state’s most vulnerable citizens are protected from the cold weather.

Temperatures in the teens and single digits are forecast over the next several days, with wind chills below zero.

Under the severe cold-weather protocol the state monitors capacity at shelters across Connecticut and works with community-based providers to help find shelter space for those who need it.

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