Column: Finding help for crisis easy as 2-1-1

When there’s somethin’ wrong and you don’t know where to turn, who you gonna call? United Way 2-1-1.

When natural disasters hit, like last November’s Superstorm Sandy, it creates an increased need for basic and essential services. United Way and 2-1-1 services increase in affected areas to serve as a clearinghouse of information for residents.

When people are in crisis, it is nearly impossible to remember any of the numbers to seek help. Instead, simply calling 2-1-1 can get victims connected to partners who can provide help. 2-1-1 links people to community health and human services.

The number is an easy-to-remember number and connects you to a real person who can help point you in the right direction to meet your needs.

During Hurricane Katrina and the aftermath in 2005, it became obvious that the Gulf areas with 2-1-1 services were able to respond in an immediate and timely manner, while other areas experienced haphazard assistance. 2-1-1 tracks gaps, duplication and trends in social services.

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