Warming shelters offer relief during bitter cold - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Warming shelters offer relief during bitter cold

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With the activation of the state’s cold weather protocol, towns and cities across the state opened dozens of extra warming centers this week. (WFSB) With the activation of the state’s cold weather protocol, towns and cities across the state opened dozens of extra warming centers this week. (WFSB)
EAST HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

With the dangerous cold blanketing our state, Hartford police officers spent hours on Thursday evening ensuring that no one had to sleep outside as temperatures drop into the single digits.

Several public buildings throughout the state including those in East Hartford are open 24 hours on Friday and into Saturday, including the police station located on School Street.

In Hartford, a team of Hartford police officers, called the Cold Patrol, are searching for homeless men, women, and children under overpasses, along train tracks, and near the river.

“You don’t realize it, but you just become numb and go to sleep and you might not wake up,” said Hartford Police Officer Hiram Otero.

“We want to prevent that from happening," said Officer Otero. 

In addition to being able to call 2-1-1 over the telephone, a regularly updated list of open shelters and warming centers across the state is made available online at www.211ct.org.

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