Governor Lamont activates Connecticut’s Extremely Hot Weather Protocol Tuesday through Friday
(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont announced today that due to a weather forecast indicating that temperatures over the next few days will be very hot and humid with highs of over 90 degrees and an index of heat in the low to mid-90s, he directs Connecticut’s Extremely Hot Weather Protocol to be activated beginning at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 2, 2022 and remaining in effect until 8:00 p.m. Friday, August 5, 2022.
The goal of the protocol is to ensure that the most vulnerable populations receive protection from hot conditions. During its enactment, a system is being put in place for state agencies, municipalities, and other partners to coordinate with United Way 2-1-1 to ensure that information regarding cooling centers is available in statewide, providing a location to get some relief from hot conditions. .
Anyone in need of a cooling center should call 2-1-1 or consult online at 211ct.org to find their nearest location. (In the next few hours, the website will display a banner with a link to a list of cooling centers.)
“The warm weather coming this week is not expected to be as hot and humid as the most recent wave we had a few days ago, but the temperatures will still be very high, and anyone planning to spend long periods outside should exercise caution,” Governor Lamont said. “The state is working with our local and nonprofit partners to make cooling centers available statewide. Anyone needing a place to cool off should call 2-1-1 to find the nearest available cooling center.
The following actions are implemented during the application of the protocol:
- The Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Safety’s Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security uses its WebEOC communications network, which is an Internet-based system that allows local, regional, and state officials to emergency management and first responders to share up-to-date information. information about a variety of situations and conditions.
- Municipalities and other partners submit information about opening cooling centers into the WebEOC, providing a real-time database of the availability of these locations statewide. United Way 2-1-1 is using the system to act as a clearinghouse to help residents find a cooling center.
- The Regional Coordinators of the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security are monitoring WebEOC to respond to any requests for state assistance from municipalities.
- The energy utility companies provide the State with regular updates regarding the impact of weather conditions on their respective utilities throughout the term of the protocol.
Although anyone can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are more at risk than others:
- Infants and young children are sensitive to the effects of high temperatures and rely on others to regulate their environment and provide adequate fluids.
- People 65 or older may not compensate for heat stress effectively and are less likely to feel and react to changes in temperature.
- Overweight people can be prone to heat sickness due to their tendency to retain more body heat.
- People who exercise too much during work or exercise can become dehydrated and susceptible to heat sickness.
- People who are physically ill, especially those with heart disease or high blood pressure, or who take certain medications, such as depression, insomnia, or poor circulation, can be affected by extreme heat.
Here are some prevention tips to stay safe in extreme heat:
- Keep your body temperature cool to avoid heat-related illnesses.
- Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible. If you must be outdoors, try to limit your outdoor activities to mornings and evenings. Try to rest often in shady places so that your body can cool down.
- Find an air-conditioned shelter. (Call 2-1-1 for a list of cooling centers.) Don’t rely on a fan as your primary cooling device.
- Avoid direct sunlight.
- Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.
- Take cool showers or baths.
- Check those most at risk several times a day.
- Pets that cannot be brought indoors should have easy access to water and shade to keep them cool.
- Never leave pets inside parked vehicles, as temperatures can reach life-threatening levels within minutes.
Everyone is also reminded to stay hydrated during times of extreme heat. Because bodies lose fluid through sweat, dehydration is common when temperatures are very high. He is strongly encouraged to:
- Drink more water than usual.
- Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink more fluids.
- Drink two to four cups of water every hour when working or exercising outdoors.
- Avoid alcohol or liquids containing large amounts of sugar.
- Remind others to drink enough water.