CT’s Extreme Hot Weather Protocol Activated

Resources to Stay Cool & Safe

State Senator Kevin Kelly, 21st Senatorial District
Monroe, Seymour, Shelton and Stratford.

Due to a weather forecast indicating that temperatures over the next several days will reach more than 95 degrees with the heat index expected to go over triple digits at times, Connecticut’s extreme hot weather protocol has been activated as of 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 19th, and will remain in effect through 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 24th.

The purpose of the protocol is to ensure that the most vulnerable populations receive protection from the hot conditions. While enacted, a system is set up for state agencies, municipalities, and other partners to coordinate with United Way 2-1-1 to make sure that information regarding cooling centers is available statewide, providing a location to get some relief from the hot conditions.

Anyone in need of a cooling center should call 2-1-1 or look online at 211ct.org to find their nearest location.

Do you know how to recognize and treat heat cramps, heat exhaustion, or heat stroke? Learn how to stay safe during a heat wave and how to treat heat-related illness.

Resources from the American Red Cross available here:

https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/heat-wave-safety.html

Please remember to check in on those most at-risk, including elderly neighbors and loved ones, several times a day. Although anyone can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others, including infants, young children, people 65 years of age or older, people with heart disease or high blood pressure, or who take certain medications, such as for depression, insomnia, or poor circulation.

 

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