Springfield’s cold weather task force prepares for frigid temperatures

Hampden County

An arctic blast is moving through western Massachusetts Wednesday night.

The City of Springfield has activated its cold weather response plan in light of the brutally cold temperatures sweeping through the region over the next few days. 

Temperatures are expected to plunge below zero Wednesday night, which could make for it dangerous for people who are homeless. 

Springfield Health Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris told 22News the city’s cold weather task force met Tuesday to go over their plan for this week’s arctic blast. 

The task force was created last May to help get homeless people out of the dangerously cold temperatures and into shelters. 

“This weather is unprecedent we haven’t seen cold like this in the northeast in terms of the plunging temperatures in quite a while and so individuals can get frostbite in just 5 or 10 minutes,” said Caulton-Harris.

Caulton-Harris told 22News the city’s cold weather task force outreach teams will assist homeless people into shelters when it’s 20 degrees or less.

The task force includes members from the police and fire departments, and organizations that work with the city’s homeless population. 

Caulton-Harris said if you do have to go outside Wednesday night or Thursday for any reason, make sure you are bundled up and seek shelter when possible. 

Springfield Rescue Mission making room for those in need during cold weather

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