INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- By dialing 2-1-1, Indiana residents affected by the recent severe storms and flooding can connect with health and human services programs available in their communities.
"The Indiana 2-1-1 line offers information about critical community services," said Stephen M. DeBlasio Sr., head of recovery operations in Indiana for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).? "The storms and floods may have separated people from usual sources of assistance or created new needs for families. 2-1-1 can help Hoosiers locate solutions."
The 2-1-1 service is available 24 hours a day. Trained Information & Referral Specialists connect callers with services to meet a variety of needs. They may be able to provide referrals to callers who need help with the following issues, among others:
- Children?s issues
- Elder needs
- Legal matters
- Medical situations
- Crisis counseling
People wishing to volunteer with recovery efforts, including cleanup and rebuilding, can also call 2-1-1.
"Assistance from FEMA and other disaster-recovery agencies can include help compensating for some disaster-related losses," DeBlasio said. "But the disaster might have created or aggravated other needs FEMA can?t assist with directly. The Indiana 2-1-1 service offers residents a direct connection to local resources."
2-1-1 is available in most counties. Please go to www.in211.org and click on "Map of Coverage" to see if 2-1-1 is available in your county.
FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.