We take numerous precautions, including taking regular temperature readings, providing blankets, hot beverages, and warm clothing if needed, and even relocating individuals if a cold temperature situation can’t be quickly resolved.
During extreme cold weather conditions, temperatures are monitored regularly in housing areas with reported temperatures below 68° F.
Individuals in our custody can also call 311 from housing area phones, free of charge, if they want to communicate to anyone in the community about their current conditions.
In case of brownout and blackout conditions, each DOC facility has a back-up generator to provide temporary electrical service.
CHS clinics are open 24/7 to evaluate patients who are experiencing cold weather related symptoms.
Our cold weather protocol has been in place since October in advance of approaching cold weather months.