The polar vortex where subzero temperatures enveloped much of the country has moved on and now there's another round of frigid temperatures setting in--but not the life-threatening cold it was. With the thermometer dropping, Governor Dannel Malloy has activated the state’s Severe Cold Weather Protocol, directing state agencies to coordinate with 2-1-1 and Connecticut’s network of shelters to ensure that the state’s most vulnerable people are protected from the severe cold weather.
The protocol has the Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security activating its WebEOC communications network that allows local, regional and state officials and first responders to share information about conditions. It's also used to monitor shelter capacity and when temporary shelters or warming centers are opened by municipalities.
The Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services is working to locate those who are most at risk and encourage them to take advantage of the safety of shelters. The agency also works with shelters to assess and meet the needs of clients.