HARTFORD - Gov. Ned Lamont announced that due to single digit temperatures expected on Friday night, he will be activating the state’s Severe Cold Weather Protocol beginning at noon on Friday, Feb. 14.
The activation of this protocol means that state agencies will coordinate with United Way 2-1-1 and Connecticut’s network of shelters to enhance efforts to provide protection from the severe conditions to citizens that need it most.
“We’ve been a bit lucky so far this season with relatively mild temperatures as compared to normal, but a blast of freezing cold air will be heading in our direction on Friday night,” Lamont said in a statement.
According to the latest weather reports from WFSB, temperatures will drop to as low as 5 degrees in our area.
“Being outdoors in these extreme cold conditions for extended periods is not safe, and we must spread the word that shelters are available throughout Connecticut. If you or someone you know is in need of shelter, call 2-1-1 and they will direct you to a nearby location,” the statement said.
There are two 2-1-1 warming centers located in Bristol; Brian’s Angels Homeless Outreach at 19 Jacobs St., and the Salvation Army/Bristol Corps Community Center at 19 Stearns St.
The Bristol Mayor’s office announced that several other locations have been established as warming centers as well. This includes the Bristol Public Library at 5 High St., Bristol Senior Center at 240 Stafford Ave. and the Community Health Center at 395 North Main St.
A few Bristol businesses have also offered their establishments as heated havens, including Dunkin’ Donuts, Price Chopper, Stop and Shop and Starbucks.
Activating the protocol also opens up an internet-based communications network system that enables local, regional and state emergency management officials and first responders to monitor capacity at shelters across the state and share up-to-date information.
The Department of Social Services, Department of Housing, and Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness and community-based providers will provide transportation services to those that need it.
The protocol will be in effect until noon on Saturday, Feb. 15.
For emergency management news and resources, visit www.ct.gov/ctprepares .
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