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State activates severe cold weather protocol, Bristol offers warming centers

Bristol City Hall

Bristol City Hall

Governor Malloy announced that in anticipation of temperatures over the next couple of days that are forecasted to be in the single digits and wind chills below zero, he is activating the state’s Severe Cold Weather Protocol beginning on the evening of Thursday, December 15, and remaining in effect through the morning of Saturday, December 17. This is the first time the protocol has been activated this winter season.

“As we experience our first bitterly cold weather of the winter season, I am activating our severe cold weather protocol to initiate essential services that will help protect our most vulnerable,” Governor Malloy said. “Anyone in need of shelter is urged to call 2-1-1 to find the nearest available locations. I am also encouraging local communities to consider opening warming centers or other facilities to assist people in need.”

While activated, the protocol directs staff from the state’s Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, the Department of Social Services, the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, and the Department of Housing to coordinate with 2-1-1 and Connecticut’s network of shelters to ensure that the state’s most vulnerable populations are protected from the severe cold weather.

In addition to being able to call 2-1-1 over the telephone, a regularly updated list of open shelters and warming centers across the state is made available online at www.211ct.org.

Current Bristol warming centers include:

St. Vincent de Paul Society

19 Jacobs Street, 1-5 pm daily.

Bristol Public Library
5 High Street
Monday – Thursday: 8:30am-8pm
Friday – Saturday: 8:30am-5pm

Manross Library
260 Central Street
Forestville CT, 06010
Monday – Thursday: 10am-8pm
Friday – Saturday: 9am-5pm

The Bristol Senior Center
240 Stafford Avenue
Bristol, CT 06010
Monday – Friday
8:30 am – 5:00 pm

The public is encouraged to share this information with others that may not have internet access.

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