Governor Malloy says he will activate the state's severe cold weather protocol in anticipation of single-digit temperatures and below-zero wind chills that are forecast over the next couple of days.
The protocol will be activated beginning Thursday evening and continue through Saturday morning. They call for state police and other state agencies to coordinate efforts with shelters and community groups to ensure that the most vulnerable residents are protected from the cold.
The Democratic governor says it's the first time he has ordered the protocols to be activated this season.
Malloy says anyone who needs shelter can call the 211 help line. He also is encouraging communities to open warming centers.
Newtown First Selectman and the Emergency Management Office urge residents to be prepared for the severe cold weather and make appropriate preparations to protect pets. Llodra is also asking that residents check on any elderly or frail neighbors to be certain they are doing OK in this weather. Residents can so to several locations to seek relief from the cold including CH Booth Library, Edmond Town Hall and the Municipal Center.