Spring Will Wait; Governor Activates CT’s Severe Cold Weather Protocol Saturday at 5pm

The first day of spring is Sunday, March 20.

With a week to go, Governor Ned Lamont Saturday announced that due to an updated weather forecast indicating that wind chill factors across Connecticut could be as low as zero degrees, he directed the state’s severe cold weather protocol to be activated beginning at 5:00pm on Saturday, and remain in effect through 12:00 noon on Sunday, March 13, 2022.

According to the National Weather Service Saturday’s high will be about 45°.

Saturday night the temps will dip as low as 19°.

Sunday expect a high of 35°.

The purpose of the protocol is to ensure that the most vulnerable populations receive protection from the severe cold conditions, which could be life threatening if exposed to the elements for extended periods of time. While enacted, a system is set up for state agencies and municipalities to coordinate with United Way 2-1-1 and Connecticut’s network of shelters to make sure that anyone in need can receive shelter from the outdoors, including transportation to shelters.

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

“Shelters and warming centers are open and available across Connecticut,” Governor Lamont said in a release. “Anyone can call 2-1-1 to get connected to a nearby shelter, and transportation can be provided if necessary.”

The following actions are implemented while the protocol is enacted:

  • The Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection’s Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security activates its WebEOC communications network, which is an internet-based system that enables 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 Connecticut Department of Social Services, Connecticut Department of Housing, and Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services coordinate with 2-1-1 and the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, along with community-based providers, to provide transportation for people seeking shelter.

For emergency management news and resources, visit the state’s CTPrepares website at ct.gov/ctprepares or download the CTPrepares app to mobile devices at the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.