Emergency shelters across Connecticut opening for Arctic Blast cold

- FILE - Homeless Shelter in New Haven (WTNH)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Temperatures are already cold in Connecticut, but it’s not as cold as it will be Friday. The bitter blast of air is settling into the state Thursday, and it can be dangerous for those with nowhere to go.

For some, it’s a matter of life and death. Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy has activated the state’s “Severe Cold Weather Protocol“. It starts tonight, and last through Saturday morning.

The Governor is encouraging cities and towns to consider opening their warming centers to help people that are homeless. It doesn’t take much for shelters to fill up in the state. These additional warming centers are to help with the overflow.

The goal is to get as many people off of the streets as possible. The No Freeze Project, for example, is designed to help people find beds, or a place to stay. If all else fails, there are some funds available to help pay for a hotel room.

Nate Fox, a spokesman for the No Freeze Project, said that their organization works hard to help as many people as they can.

We do the best we can. The number of beds that are out there is the number of beds. And we have to be mindful of our staffing constraints at the shelter. As much as we want to go over 50 we’ve got to also be safe and within the guidelines.”

In addition to helping people with no place to go to find shelter, now is also a good time to check in on elderly relatives and neighbors to make sure they are safe and warm in their homes. Children should be bundled up heading to the bus stop Thursday and Friday. Pets should not be outdoors for a prolonged amount of time when temperatures are this cold.

A good rule of thumb: It’s it’s too cold for us, it’s too cold for them.

If you need help finding a warm place to stay, just dial 2-1-1 from any phone, and someone can help you find a place to go.

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