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Gov. Malloy activates 'Severe Cold Weather Protocol' during frigid temperatures

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Gov. Dannel Malloy has activated Connecticut's “Severe Cold Weather Protocol” to make sure vulnerable people are protected during this stretch of frigid temperatures.

In Bridgeport, people have been piling into the Bridgeport Rescue Mission to keep warm.

Officials at the mission say they have been on overflow the past week due to the cold weather.

In addition to the 30 beds already filled, they've had an extra five to 10 people come through their doors, and they are expecting more.

That's just at the men's shelter; there is both a women's and women and children's shelter on Sylvan Avenue.

Officials say they won't turn away anyone unless they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

They will accommodate them by setting up bed mats in the chapel.

Men wanting to keep warm can stay until the cold stretch of weather breaks.

People wanting to keep warm can also head out to the city's public library branches, senior centers and the Greater Bridgeport Transit Terminal.

Here is a list of the library branch locations and hours.

· Main Branch – 925 Broad Street (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.)

· Black Rock Branch – 2705 Fairfield Avenue (12 p.m. – 8 p.m.)

· Newfield Branch – 1230 Stratford Avenue (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.)

· North Branch – 3455 Madison Avenue (12 p.m. – 8 p.m.)

· Old Mill Green Branch – 1677 East Main Street (12 p.m. – 8 p.m.)

Here is a list of the senior center locations and hours, which are only open on weekdays.

· East Side Senior Center- 1057 East Main St (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.)

· Black Rock Senior Center- 2676 Fairfield Ave (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.)

· Ella Jackson Senior Center - 52 George Pipkin Way (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.)

Several other cities in towns across western Connecticut are activating their warming shelters.

If people are not sure where to go, just call 211 from any phone in Connecticut and they will help.

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