(WTNH) — Over the next couple of days, temperatures are expected to drop with wind chills below zero. To prepare for this arctic blast, Governor Dannel Malloy is activating the state’s Severe Cold Weather Protocol beginning Thursday night and continuing through Saturday morning.
Anyone who is in need of shelter is urged to call 2-1-1. While activated, staff from the state’s Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Department of Social Services, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the Department of Housing coordinate with 2-1-1 and the state’s shelters to protect residents from the severe cold.
“As we experience our first bitterly cold weather of the winter season, I am activating our severe cold weather protocol to initiate essential services that will help protect our most vulnerable,” said Governor Malloy. “Anyone in need of shelter is urged to call 2-1-1 to find the nearest available locations. I am also encouraging local communities to consider opening warming centers or other facilities to assist people in need.”
This is the first time the protocol has been activated this season.
Even if you have a place to go to get out of the cold the city of New Haven has issued a cold weather warning. They suggest:
- Adjust your schedule
- Don’t go out at peak times to walk the dog and find a way to shelter your children at the bus stop
- Protect your pets
- Bring them inside
- Fill up the tank
- Make sure you have at least half a tank of gas so you won’t run out and be stranded
- Update your winter car survival kit to include food, water and extra blankets