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(January 23, 2016) – With temperatures expected to be in the low 20s and high teens, and with high winds bringing the wind chill factor temperatures to the single digit range, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin has ordered the opening of the warming centers in the City of Hartford. The purpose for opening these centers shall be to provide temporary comfort during regular business hours. 
The State of Connecticut has implemented its severe cold weather protocol to ensure adequate shelter space during the severe cold weather. Any resident in need of overnight shelter accommodations are encouraged to call 2-1-1.
During severe cold weather, residents should take the following precautions:
·         Stay indoors if possible
·         If you must go outside, wear several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. Wear a hat and change wet clothes frequently to prevent loss of body heat.
·         Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.
·         Watch for signs of hypothermia: uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent exhaustion
·         If symptoms of hypothermia are detected, get the victim to a warm location, remove wet clothing, warm the center of the body first and give warm, non-alcoholic beverages if the victim is conscious. Get medical help as soon as possible
List of Warming Centers:
    • Parker Memorial, 2621 Main Street, Time: Saturday 9 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    • Pope Park, 30 Pope Park Drive, Time: Saturday 9 a.m.  - 4:00 p.m. 
The Hartford Public Library is available for residents and visitors Below are hours of operation: 
    • Hartford Downtown Library, 500 Main Street, Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. & Sun 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m..
    • Albany Library Branch, 1250 Albany Avenue, Saturday 12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    • Barbour Branch, 281 Barbour Street, Saturday 12:30p .m. - 5:00 p.m.
    • Camp Field Branch, 30 Campfield Avenue, Saturday 12:30 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.
    • Mark Twain Branch, 55 Forest Street, Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    • Goodwin, 460 New Britain Avenue, Saturday 12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 



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