Thursday, August 6, 2009

2-1-1 Your Disaster Connection

THE ROLE FOR 2-1-1 IN A DISASTER:

2-1-1’s primary mission during times of disaster is to maximize community access to critical resources. 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares can respond to crises such as a hurricane, flood, or other local or national catastrophe at a moment's notice. 2-1-1 continues to be an essential resource weeks or years after the crisis event, providing access to information without forcing residents to resort to finding and trying multiple phone numbers.

Pre and post disaster, 2-1-1’s focus expands to referrals for emergency information, to operational service providers and to disaster-specific services provided by the community in Pinellas, Hernando and Citrus Counties. 2-1-1 will provide current and accurate information regarding:
  • Disaster information and assistance,
  • Website access to disaster related information and assistance,
  • Maintaining the connection with local service providers regarding services available.

WHAT KIND OF RESOURCES CAN 2-1-1 PROVIDE?
  • Disaster Recovery Assistance;
  • Sand Bag Information;
  • Preparedness Resources;
  • Special Needs Registration Information;
  • Non-Profit Agency Openings/Closings;
  • Evacuation Zones Information;
  • Disaster Volunteering;
  • Local and State Resources.

TO ACCESS 211:

SIMPLY DIAL 2-1-1. A qualified Call Center Representative will provide you with resources in your community. If you are calling from a 3-digit blocked landline or cell phone or hear a rapid busy signal, please call 727.210.4211. 2-1-1 is a free confidential phone number available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week in 150 languages and is TTY/TDD accessible. Visit our website
www.211tampabay.org for more information.