Connecticut Governor Activates Severe Cold Weather Protocol

Connecticut Governor Activates Severe Cold Weather Protocol

Governor Lamont Activates Severe Cold Weather Protocol as Frigid Temperatures Expected To Impact Connecticut Overnight

HARTFORD, CT (STL.News) Governor Ned Lamont today announced that he is directing Connecticut’s Severe Cold Weather Protocol to be activated beginning at noon on Monday, March 1, and remaining in effect through noon on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, as brutally frigid temperatures are expected to impact the state overnight and into the morning.

Forecasts are currently showing the state will experience a severe drop in temperature accompanied by strong winds that will bring the wind chill near or below zero across Connecticut on Monday evening.  A wind advisory has been issued for the entire state, with gusts of 40 to 50 miles per hour anticipated at times.

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.  United Way 2-1-1 operates as the point of contact for individuals who need shelter and transportation to shelters.

Anyone in need of shelter is urged to call 2-1-1 to get connected to these services.  Safety measures have been enacted at shelters throughout the state to adhere to the needs of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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