Gov. Lamont extends protocol for extremely hot weather in Connecticut through Tuesday morning
(HARTFORD, CT) — Gov. Ned Lamont announced today that he is directing Connecticut’s extremely hot weather protocol to extend through 8 in Staying strong: 12:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 9, 2022.
The protocol has been activated on Tuesday 2nd August and was originally scheduled to expire on Friday 5th August. However, the latest forecast suggests the sweltering humidity is likely to continue into the weekend and early next week.
The purpose of the protocol is to ensure that the most vulnerable populations are protected from the hot conditions. During the enactment, a system will be in place to allow state agencies, municipalities, and other partners to coordinate with United Way 2-1-1 to ensure cold center information is available nationwide and provides a place to learn from to recover from the hot conditions .
Anyone needing a refrigeration center should call 2-1-1 or check online 211ct.org to find the nearest available location.
“It looks like we have a few more days of high humidity ahead of us and I strongly encourage everyone to take the necessary precautions.” said Governor Lamont. “Refrigeration centers are open throughout Connecticut. Anyone needing some relief from the hot conditions should call 2-1-1 and they will direct you to the nearest available location.”
The following actions will be taken while the protocol is in effect:
- The Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection’s Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security utilizes its WebEOC communications network, an Internet-based system that allows local, state, and state emergency management officials and first responders to share up-to-date information about a variety of situations and conditions.
- Municipalities and other partners submit information about the opening of refrigeration centers to the WebEOC, providing a real-time database of the nationwide availability of these locations. United Way 2-1-1 uses the system to act as a clearinghouse to help residents locate a refrigeration center.
- Regional coordinators from the Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security monitor WebEOC to respond to all requests for government assistance from local authorities.
- Utilities will provide regular updates to the state on the impact of weather conditions on their respective utilities throughout the life of the Protocol.
Although anyone can suffer from a 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 hydration.
- People aged 65 and over may not compensate efficiently for heat stress and are less likely to perceive and respond to temperature changes.
- Overweight people can be prone to heat sickness because they tend to retain more body heat.
- People who overexert themselves at work or when exercising can become dehydrated and prone to heat sickness.
- People who are physically ill, particularly those with heart disease or high blood pressure, or who are taking certain medications, such as B. against depression, insomnia or poor circulation, can be affected by extreme heat.
Some prevention tips to stay safe in extreme heat include:
- Keep your body temperature low to avoid heat-related illnesses.
- Stay in air-conditioned buildings if possible. If you must be outdoors, try to limit your outdoor activities to mornings and evenings. Try to rest often in shaded areas to allow your body to cool down.
- Find an air-conditioned shelter. (Call 2-1-1 for a listing of cooling centers.) Don’t rely on a fan as the primary cooling device.
- Avoid direct sunlight.
- Wear light, light-colored clothing.
- Take cool showers or baths.
- Check the most vulnerable people several times a day.
- Pets that cannot be brought indoors should have access to water and shade to keep them cool.
- Never leave pets in parked vehicles as temperatures can rise to life-threatening levels in a matter of 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. It is strongly recommended:
- Drink more water than usual.
- Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink more fluids.
- Drink two to four cups of water every hour while working outside or exercising.
- Avoid alcohol or liquids with high sugar content.
- Remind others to drink enough water.
- Twitter: @GovNedLamont
- Facebook: Office of Governor Ned Lamont