With bitter cold temperatures expected to impact the state during the rest of the week, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has activated the state\u2019s Severe Cold Weather Protocol. Malloy has directed four state agencies \u2014 the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Department of Social Services, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, and Department of Housing \u2014 to coordinate with the 2-1-1 system and Connecticut\u2019s network of shelters to ensure that the state\u2019s most vulnerable people are protected from the severe cold weather. Later this week, nighttime lows in southern Connecticut are expected to drop into the low single digits. Daytime highs will remain well below freezing, according to forecasts. \u2018Take the necessary steps\u2019 \u201cThroughout the winter season,\u201d Malloy said Monday, \u201cwe continue to take the necessary steps to make sure that we can take care of those in need of shelter, especially our state\u2019s most vulnerable populations.\u201d \u201cI urge anyone in need of shelter to call 2-1-1 and encourage local communities to consider opening warming centers or other facilities to help people in need,\u201d he said. Shelter capacity is monitored Under the state\u2019s Severe Cold Weather Protocol, the WebEOC communications network is activated. This Internet-based system allows local, regional and state emergency management officials and first responders to share up-to-date information about a variety of situations and conditions. The system is used to monitor capacity at shelters across the state, enabling 2-1-1 to act as a clearinghouse to assist in finding shelter space for those who need it. Reaching the homeless Teams who specialize in working with homeless people are sent into the field to locate those who are at risk, spread the word about the 2-1-1 system, and encourage everyone to take advantage of the safety of shelters. State agencies work with the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness and existing vendors to resolve transportation issues for people needing shelter during the period of severe cold.