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State, New London to activate cold weather protocol; senior center will serve as warming shelter

January 29, 2019

With severely cold weather in the forecast, both New London and state officials announced they will implement a severe cold weather protocol from Wednesday to Sunday.

Gov. Ned Lamont said in a news release Tuesday that anyone in the state who needs shelter should call 211. A listing of available shelters can be found by calling 211 or visiting 211ct.org.

In New London, the Senior Center at 120 Broad St. will serve as a warming center during regular business hours through Friday afternoon, according to a city news release. During other hours and over the weekend, residents can seek shelter at the Homeless Hospitality Center, 325 Huntington St.

People in need of services can call 211, which will work with local shelters to coordinate shelter space. 

The city said people needing more help should call 911 in an emergency, or (860) 287-0346 for routine requests for weather assistance. New London police and firefighters also will look for people at risk and help them to shelter.

“A brutally cold stretch of weather is expected to impact our state again in the coming days,”  Lamont said in a statement. “We need to spread the word to the most vulnerable in our communities that the conditions will become too dangerous to spend extended periods of time outdoors — shelters are available throughout the state.”

Lamont said the state’s “Severe Cold Weather Protocol” will go into effect at noon on Wednesday through noon Sunday. State agencies will coordinate with 211 and shelters to “ensure that the most vulnerable populations receive protection from the severe cold,” according to the release.

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