Governor Lamont Activates State Emergency Operations Center for Winter Storm, Extends Connecticut’s Severe Cold Weather Protocol To Wednesday
HARTFORD, CT (STL.News) Governor Ned Lamont announced he is directing the State Emergency Operations Center, which is already activated in a virtual capacity for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, to remain activated for the purposes of monitoring and responding to conditions resulting from the severe winter storm that is forecast to impact the state beginning the morning of Monday, February 1, 2021.
In addition, the governor is directing that Connecticut’s Severe Cold Weather Protocol, which went into effect on Thursday and was scheduled to expire on Monday, remain in effect and be extended through 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 3. While in effect, the protocol sets up a system for state agencies and municipalities to coordinate with United Way 2-1-1 and Connecticut’s network of shelters to ensure that the most vulnerable populations receive protection from the severe conditions. Anyone in need of shelter is urged to contact 2-1-1 and they will be directed to the nearest available locations.
As significant amounts of snowfall are anticipated to cause whiteout conditions that will make travel dangerous, Governor Lamont is urging people in Connecticut to avoid all unnecessary travel during the storm and remain in place if at all possible on Monday.