Severe Cold Weather Alert


At the direction of Governor Ned Lamont, the Division of Emergency Management (DEMHS) within the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP), the Department of Housing (DOH), the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), and the Department of Social Services (DSS), United Way 2-1-1, the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, and other partners are implementing the severe cold weather protocol to ensure adequate shelter space during the upcoming severe cold weather.


The protocol is being activated as a result of the forecasted possible blizzard conditions and overnight wind chill temperatures Wednesday and Thursday nights.


The Severe Cold Weather protocol is in effect from today, Wednesday, December 16 at 3P.M. through 12P.M. on Friday, December 18.  


Cities or towns opening warming centers or other facilities to help those in need should following appropriate COVID-19 sheltering protocols. DEMHS has opened an incident on WebEOC, “Weather 2020-12-15 Winter Storm.” If your town opens a shelter or warming center, please indicate its status on WebEOC. In addition, we want to continue to ensure that if local shelters or other facilities used during cold weather emergencies reach their capacities, there is a system in place to find out where there is space so they can direct individuals and families accordingly. If you receive a call from someone looking for shelter and you are not aware of any shelter space, please direct the person to 2-1-1. Working with local shelters, 2-1-1 will act as clearinghouse to ensure that shelter space is found for those that need it.  


If you have any questions about the policies for access to shelter in your area, please contact If you have any questions about the 2-1-1 referral process, please contact Wendy Caruso, at




Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness

(860) 721-7876 | |




Advanced Behavioral Health, Inc.

213 Court Street
Middletown, CT 06457

Phone: (860) 638-5309
Fax: (860) 638-5302