(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced that he is extending Connecticut’s Severe Cold Weather Protocol, which was activated yesterday afternoon, to continue through 12:00 p.m. on Monday, February 1, 2021. It was originally set to end on the afternoon of Sunday, January 31, however developments in the forecast are now showing that frigid temperatures will continue through Monday morning.
While activated, 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.
“Being outside in these extreme cold conditions for extended periods of time is incredibly dangerous,” Governor Lamont said. “Anyone in need of shelter is urged to call 2-1-1 and they will connect you to the nearest available location.”
Protocols have been enacted at shelters throughout the state to adhere to the necessary COVID-19 safety measures.