The governor is advising Connecticut residents to prepare for bitter cold temperatures over the next several days and several warming centers were opened across the state on Thursday.
With cold temperatures, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said he is activated the severe cold weather protocol on Thursday afternoon and it will remain in effect until Monday morning.
This weekend, we will be looking at a low of -5 to -10 degrees with wind chills possibly at -25 to -35 at times— Governor Dan Malloy (@GovMalloyOffice) February 11, 2016
By using the protocol, several state departments will work together with 211 to make sure the residents who need to get out of the cold are ensured shelter this weekend.
“The next few days will certainly be the coldest we have seen so far this winter season, and could be among the coldest nights in terms of wind chill that our state has experienced in several years. Those in need of shelter or a warming center should call 2-1-1 to find available locations, which are open throughout the state,” Malloy said in a statement on Thursday.
Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, the Department of Social Services, the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the Department of Housing will work together to help those in need.
The protocol directs relevant state agencies to coordinate with #CT's network of shelters to ensure that all those vulnerable are protected— Governor Dan Malloy (@GovMalloyOffice) February 11, 2016
By working together, these agencies can help find shelter for Connecticut residents. Any local leaders can call 211 to find shelters for their residents and meet their individual needs.
Several cities and towns have opened warming centers across the state as well.
Dottie Krzanik volunteers at the South End Senior Center in East Hartford. Her own home is often cold, so she sympathizes with those who come there for warmth. Krzanik said she'd even do it herself, if need be.
“I can't see why not, actually, thinking about warming, I'd like to come here when they have air conditioning when I'm roasting in the summer,” Krzanik said
This center will not be open this weekend meaning those in East Hartford in need of a warm place would will have to go to the police department lobby.
“We do have some cots and some pillows and things of that nature,” East Hartford Police Sgt. Joshua Litwin said. “The fire Department being next door and other departments helping with accommodations to make things a little more comfortable for the people."
Bloomfield has four places for people, who need a warming center, can go inside and get warm. One of them is the services center
“There’s a lot of space it's open Saturday and Sunday,” Alvin Beatrice Wood Human Center previously told Eyewitness News.
These are just a few of the many warming centers open to those in need for whatever reason.
“There's no reason to stay outside in weather that we’re expecting this weekend,” Litwin said.
To find the full list of warming centers, click here.
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