After a tragedy like a tornado affects you, your family or your property, a call to Kansas or Oklahoma's statewide 211 service is able to direct you to available help.
"We let victims know about where emergency stations and shelters are in their area," said United Way of the Plains Director of Direct Service Mark Stump. "We are able to tell them where to go to get first aid, if needed."
Stump advises people to call 211 if they need information on how to help the victims of severe weather, how to volunteer or how to donate money. Information is also available about any equipment that may be needed.
"The 211 phone service works with the local emergency managers of all the counties in Kansas," Stump said.
Oklahoma also has a statewide 211 number that can be used to get referrals for health and human services, according to okc.about.com. A representative from Oklahoma 211 could not be reached for comment.
Calls to 211 keep the lines of 911 free for other emergencies.
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