[For the latest on how the storm is impacting Newtown, check out this article.]
Upon an order from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, the State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will be partially opened at 4 p.m. on Jan. 2.
Malloy will hold a press conference there an hour later to provide an update on the state’s preparations for the snowstorm.
He has already directed the Division of Homeland Emergency Management and Homeland Security to communicate with municipal leaders on the importance of finding shelters for at-risk members of their communities, according to a release from the Governor’s Office. The state is also coordinating transportation services to locate those in need of shelter and bring them to designated facilities, the release states.
activating the State Emergency Operations Center will allow us to quickly
respond to any problems that may arise and coordinate any resources that may be
needed across the state as we head into the height of the storm tonight,” Malloy
said. “In addition to the winter storm, we are also warning residents to be
prepared for a severe cold weather outbreak. Yesterday, I directed the
Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security to work with our social
services agency to activate the state severe cold weather protocol, which
enables us to help our most vulnerable populations access sheltering. If you
are in need of a shelter, please call 2-1-1.”