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With Frigid Cold Predicted, Stamford Opens Warming Centers

This mailman knows to bundle up on a frigid and windy day.
This mailman knows to bundle up on a frigid and windy day. Photo Credit: File

STAMFORD, Conn. -- With colder than normal temperatures and wind chills projected for Connecticut through Saturday night, the city of Stamford plans to open warming centers.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has activated the State’s Severe Cold Weather Protocol in anticipation of temperatures in the teens and single digits — and even colder wind chills with strong gusts through Saturday.

“The City of Stamford will do all that it can to ensure that its most vulnerable residents have a place to stay warm and safe,” said Mayor David Martin. “We are proud to be partnering with community agencies to provide warming centers for residents, and for the third year in a row, the City of Stamford is providing an overnight warming center in partnership with Inspirica. I urge all residents to be safe during this severe weather.”

Ted Jankowski, Director of Public Safety, Health & Welfare for the City of Stamford, urged everyone to take precautions and stay out of the cold weather during these extreme cold conditions.

“We have made arrangements with city and community facilities to ensure that there is designated refuge from the cold and we encourage residents to use these resources,” he said

The following warming centers are open for the times and locations listed:

  • Chester Addison Community Center, 245 Selleck St.,  weekdays 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Stamford Family YMCA, 10 Bell St., weekdays 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturdays  8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sundays 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • ·Faith Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, 29 Grove St., Wednesdays - Thursdays 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Glenbrook Community Center, 35 Crescent St., weekdays 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Government Center, 888 Washington Blvd., 1st floor lobby, Daily until 9 p.m.
  • Jewish Community Center, 1035 Newfield Ave., Mondays - Thursdays 5:30 a.m. - 10 p.m., Fridays 5:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., weekends 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Union Baptist Church, 805 Newfield Ave., Wednesdays - Thursdays 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Fridays 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturdays 9 - 11 a.m.
  • ·All city-run Fire Stations, weekdays until 6 p.m.
  • ·Neighbors Link, 75 Selleck St., daily 7:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

During severe cold weather protocols, Inspirica, a Stamford-based provider of services to the homeless, will provide an overnight warming center from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. the next morning at 8 Woodland Place, Stamford.

Cold Weather Safety Tips

The Stamford Department of Health reminds all citizens of the following tips to stay safe during extreme cold:

  • Dress warmly, and in layers, even if you are just making a short trip to the mailbox. If you fall or a door locks behind you, you could be exposed for a longer period of time than you planned. Cover your skin. When the wind chill brings the temperature well below zero, be sure to cover your skin. In extreme cold, skin exposed to the cold air can get frostbite in just a few minutes.
  • If you have to go outside, you should wear: Hat, Scarf or knit face mask, Sleeves that are snug at the wrist, Mittens (they are warmer than gloves), Water-resistant coat and boots,
  • The temperature inside your home should be set according to your own activity level, health, and medications. What is an acceptable, fuel-saving temperature for an active family may not be safe for an older person who has difficulty moving or takes certain medications.
  • The elderly are especially susceptible to extremely cold temperatures. Check on elderly friends, family, or neighbors frequently.
  • Remove clothing if it gets damp or wet. Wet clothing can make you more prone to hypothermia.
  • Know the signs of frostbite and hypothermia and seek medical assistance if you have these signs: Symptoms of frostbite can include: loss of feeling and loss of color and usually happens on the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers or toes. Symptoms of hypothermia in adults can include shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, drowsiness, or slurred speech. In infants, symptoms of hypothermia can include bright red, cold skin and low energy.
  • Make sure your car is ready for the extreme weather conditions. Get your vehicle winterized and make sure tires are in good condition. Check your car emergency kit and replace any items that are broken or are unsafe to use.
  • Ensure your pets are not outside for an extended period of time. If you notice an animal outside for an extended period of time, contact its owner or the animal control officer.

For more information, call the City of Stamford Emergency Hotline at 203-977-8840 or visit www.StamfordCT.gov .

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