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HARTFORD, CONN. (February 9, 2017) –  As a result of the forecasted bitter cold temperatures and strong wind gusts, resulting in negative wind chill factors, from this evening through the day tomorrow, the State of Connecticut has implemented its severe cold weather protocol to ensure adequate shelter space during the severe cold weather.  The current protocol will be in effect from 5 pm today, February 9, until tomorrow, Friday February 10 at 5 pm.

Residents in need of emergency shelter assistance can visit the “Hartford No Freeze Welcome Center” at Center Church, 60 Gold St., between the hours of 4pm – 8pm today.   Any resident in need of overnight shelter accommodations are encouraged to call 2-1-1.  

Today, the Arroyo Center at Pope Park and Parker Memorial Recreation Center will be open today from 8am – 5pm for residents needing a warm, dry place during the day.

  • Parker Memorial, 2621 Main Street
  • Pope Park, 30 Pope Park Drive


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



HARTFORD CITY HALL ADDRESS: 550 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103 PHONE: (860)757-9311 HOURS: 8AM - 5PM