The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Watch for the entire state. Connecticut residents should prepare for extreme heat over the next several days.
In a recent
Governor Lamont offered residents some tips to beat the heat and reminded those in need to call 2-1-1 to locate a cooling center in their community.
Many Connecticut cities and towns open cooling centers or shelters during heat waves and extreme hot weather. 2-1-1 maintains an up-to-date listing of active cooling centers, including location information, hours of operation, and other pertinent details.
To locate a cooling center near you click
or dial 2-1-1 to speak with a contact specialist.
Stay safe and beat the heat:
- Slow down, and avoid strenuous activity.
- Check on those most at-risk several times a day (infants, young children and older adults).
- Never leave children or pets alone in a closed vehicle.
- Drink plenty of water regularly and often, even if you don't feel thirsty.
- Take cool showers or baths.
- Stay indoors as much as possible.
- Avoid direct sunlight.
- Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.
- Find an air-conditioned shelter. (Dial 2-1-1 or click HERE for a list of cooling centers).
Dial 2-1-1 or visit www.211ct.org
for access to services and to stay informed during any extreme weather episode.
About 2-1-1 Connecticut
2-1-1 Connecticut is a free health and human service information and referral service, with a continuously updated database of more than 4,000 agencies and 40,000 programs and services. Free, confidential assistance is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year online at 211ct.org and over the phone by dialing 2-1-1. 2-1-1 Connecticut has organizational accreditations from the Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS), and the contact center is certified by the American Association of Suicidology for crisis intervention.