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During extreme inclement weather shelters across the state will be coordinating with 2-1-1 to help those in need for warming centers. Please check on your neighbors, animals and if you can please consider donating blankets and coats to groups such as the Salvation Army or to your local shelter.
United Way 2-1-1 is Connecticut’s statewide phone number, 24 hour, information and referral service.
Click on the links below for local, state and federal information and resources available to Connecticut residents regarding extreme cold weather events.
A list of shelters and warming centers that are open across Connecticut can be located by calling 2-1-1 or visiting www.211ct.org.
You can also search the 2-1-1 database for homeless drop-in centers that can be visited during the day. And to find a homeless shelter in your area, please dial 2-1-1 or search the 2-1-1 database for listings of shelters.
If you are a city/town official and need to update or list a warming center or shelter, please email email@example.com with the details and your contact information.
State & Federal Disaster Emergency Service Resources
- Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection (CTDEMHS)
- Department of Public Health (CTDPH) – “Cold Weather Tips”
- Department of Public Health (CTDPH) – “Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detection Tips & Resources”
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) – “Winter Weather Tips”
- American Red Cross – “Cold Weather Safety Tips”(Information available in 10 different languageshere)
For additional information and resources on preparing for a Winter Storm/Blizzard or Severe Cold Weather or for safety tips regarding detecting Carbon Monoxide (CO) in the home, see the following
2-1-1 eLibrary papers:
Dept. of Emergency Services & Public Protection- 860-256-0800
Department of Transportation- 860-594-2000
Connecticut 211- 1-800-203-1234
GET NOTIFIED: Sign up with www.CTAlert.gov to receive any emergency information sent out in your town.
STATEWIDE UPDATES Click Here Governor Lamont's direct page/press conference schedules and statewide alerts.
CT CHAPTER OF THE RED CROSS Cold Weather Safety Tips from the American Red Cross CLICK HERE
YOU CAN HELP: With the temperatures getting so cold, you may know someone who needs a little help keeping warm. This link will provide you with locations across the state. AS always you can call 2 1 1 toll free from anywhere too. CLICK HERE FOR THE INFORMATION
Bradley International Airport FLIGHT CANCELLATIONS - link will be periodically updated.
Tweed New Haven Airport: FLIGHT UPDATES - link will be continuously updated.
Train Stations/schedules -
POWER OUTAGES & UPDATES: EVERSOURCE
Customers can report power outages by calling 1-800-286-2000
The United Illuminating Company UI:CLICK HERE for an Outage Map
To report a power outage, downed power lines or damaged electrical equipment, call UI at 1-800-7-CALL-UI (1-800-722-5584).
EXTREME COLD WEATHER ALERT
If you need to be outside, be prepared for the wind and cold, and
dress in layers and wear a hat, heavy coat, as well as gloves or
Frostbite can occur in a short amount of time, so dress
in layers and make sure all exposed skin is protected.
The State of CT has more resources this winter, to help you pay your heating bills. There is 3 ways to start with the process:
- Visit ct.gov/heating help, you can click on the first graphic that is CEAP CT Energy Assistance Funding and at the bottom you’ll find a list of the Community Action Agency in your area. You call that agency and they can help you.
- The second way is a text message: CTWARM to 898211. They’ll reply to guide you step by step about how to start your application.
- Call 211 so somebody can talk to you and guide you.
AAA Winter Car Care Tips
- Battery: Batteries typically last 3-5 years in New England. Have the battery checked by a professional to ensure it is strong enough to face cold weather. At any time, AAA members can request a FREE, CONTACTLESS check of their battery through the AAA Mobile Battery Serviceand the AAA technician can replace it on-site, if necessary. AAA Approved Auto Repairshops can also test and replace weak batteries.
- Tires: a healthy tread is critical, especially when roads may be wet or slippery. Examine tires for tread depth, uneven wearing and cupping. Check tire pressures once a month when tires are cold, before driving for any distance. In extreme climates, a set of winter snow tires may be a wise investment.
- Replace worn windshield-wiper blades. If your climate is harsh, purchase one-piece beam-type or rubber-clad “winter” blades to fight snow and ice build-up. Use cold-weather windshield washer solvent and carry an ice-scraper.
- Inspect all lights and bulbs and replace burned out bulbs. Clean road grime or clouding from all lenses.
- Engine: have any engine drivability problems corrected at a good repair shop. Symptoms like hard starts, rough idling, stalling or diminished power could signal a problem that would be exacerbated by cold weather.
- Have your mechanic check the exhaust system for leaks and look for any holes in the trunk and floorboards.
- Carry an emergency kit equipped for winter weather
This year, that kit should include a mask that you can have on hand, should you need to call for roadside help.
OtherEmergency Roadside Kit items include:
- Mobile phone pre-programmed with rescue apps and important phone numbers including family and emergency services, and car charger
- Bag of abrasive material (sand, salt, cat litter) or traction mats
- Small snow shovel
- Flashlight with fresh batteries
- Window washer solvent
- Ice scraper with brush
- Jumper cables
- First-aid kit
- Flare or bright triangle for visibility
- Blankets, extra warm clothing (gloves, hats, scarves)
- Drinking water
- Non-perishable snacks for both human and pet passengers
- Extra medications
Android and iPhone users can download AAA Mobile, AAA’s mobile smartphone app that provides AAA services for all motorists, such as mapping and gas price comparison, as well as member-exclusive benefits including roadside assistance and discounts. AAA Membership is not required to download and use AAA apps, but is necessary to take advantage of unique member benefits such as roadside assistance. For more information on AAA Mobile, visit http://midatlantic.aaa.com/Mobile%20Services/SmartPhoneApps.
CT Mailing Address:
815 Farmington Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06119
AAA provides automotive, travel and insurance services to 58 million members nationwide and more than one million members in Connecticut. AAA advocates for the safety and mobility of its members and has been committed to outstanding road service for more than 100 years. The not-for-profit, fully tax-paying member organization works on behalf of motorists, who can now map a route, find local gas prices, discover discounts, book a hotel and track their roadside assistance service with the.AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. For more information, visit.www.aaa.com.