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Monday, February 24 Local

State and New Milford opening warming stations

Warming stations will be open throughout the state beginning noon Friday to noon Saturday as temperatures are expected to dip into single digits teens.

Within New Milford, the library will act as a warming station beginning at noon. Loaves and Fishes will then act as the shelter from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. The First Congregational Church will be open 8:30 p.m. on Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday. CERT will open 25 Church Street from 6 to 9 a.m. on Saturday and the library will again take over as the shelter from 9 a.m. to noon.

Gov. Ned Lamont also announced the state will activate its severe cold weather protocol.

The protocol directs staff from the relevant state agencies to coordinate with United Way 2-1-1 and Connecticut’s network of shelters to ensure that the most vulnerable populations receive protection from the severe conditions. A listing of available shelters throughout Connecticut can be located by calling 2-1-1 or visiting www.211ct.org.

The state Department of Social Services, Department of Housing and Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services coordinate with 2-1-1 and the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, along with community-based providers, to provide transportation for people seeking shelter.

Katrina Koerting|Reporter

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