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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today announced he has once again activated the state’s Severe Cold Weather Protocol in anticipation of temperatures dipping into the teens and single digits through Friday.
While activated, the cold weather protocol directs several state agencies to coordinate with 2-1-1 and the state network of shelters to ensure that the most vulnerable population is protected from the severe cold weather, according to a statement from Malloy’s office.
The state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services activates its WebEOC communications network – an internet-based system that allows local, regional and state emergency management officials and first responders to share up-to-date information about a variety of situations and conditions. The system is used to monitor capacity at shelters across the state, enabling 2-1-1 to act as a clearinghouse to assist in finding shelter space for those who need it. Local officials, working through WebEOC, can alert 2-1-1 and the state when they open temporary shelters or warming centers.
The state departments of Social Services and Housing coordinate with 2-1-1 and the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, as well as working with existing vendors to resolve transportation issues for people needing shelter during the period of severe cold.
The protocol starts today and remains in effect until Saturday morning, when Connecticut will be back to more seasonal weather temperatures.