Malloy activates severe cold weather protocol

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Bitterly cold temperatures headed our way have Governor Dannel Malloy activating the state’s Severe Cold Weather Protocol.

Starting Tuesday, through Saturday January 10th, anyone who need shelter should call 2-1-1. The next few days will bring wind chills below zero and temperatures in the teens and single digits.

Malloy said today, “We must continue to protect the most vulnerable during these severe cold weather outbreaks,” said Governor Malloy. “I urge anyone in need of shelter to call 2-1-1 and encourage local communities to consider opening warming centers or other facilities to assist people in need.”

Under the protocol, Connecticut’s Network of Shelters will work along side various city departments focused on public protection, mental health and housing, to ensure the most vulnerable populations have a safe and warm place to stay. It’s all coordinated through 2-1-1.

Local officials and state responders will be able to share up-to-date information through WebEOC, an internet based system. The system monitors capacity at shelters across the state, enables 2-1-1 to act as a clearinghouse to assist in finding shelter space for those who need it. And then local officials, working through WebEOC, can alert 2-1-1 and the state when temporary shelters or warming centers are opened.

If you know someone’s who’s at risk during these frigid temperatures, remember, the protocol is now in place and runs through this Saturday.

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