On my way home I needed to pick up some items and dashed in a liquor store and about half way through I found myself crying! A homeless man asked me what the problem was and I said, “They are going to pull the plug on my dad tomorrow and I can’t even contact the doctor to talk to him about it!” The homeless man, said “Oh, you need to call 211, they will help you.”
And I said “They can’t possibly help me with this.” The homeless man said “Oh yes, they help with just about everything!” So the next morning I called 211 and someone on the line said they would help me. He called somewhere on my behalf with me and right after that the doctor called and we made a plan for my dad to recover…he is 81 years old now, in a wheelchair, but I have my dad… and I have 211 to thank.
Bay Area residents concerned about radiation should call 211
March 19, 2011
San Francisco Bay Area residents concerned about radiation from Japan's nuclear emergency can call 211 for updates, United Way of the Bay Area officials announced Friday.
Bay Area departments of public health officials Friday morning were stressing there is no danger to local residents from Japan's nuclear emergency, United Way officials said.
They also discourage taking potassium iodide, which can have serious side effects and should not be taken unless recommended, they said.
Residents are discouraged from calling 911 unless they are experiencing a life-threatening emergency.
But, the United Way's 211 helplines provide critical information to local residents during times of disaster, relieving
911 operators from answering non-emergency calls, agency officials said.
The Bay Area's 211 call centers will continue to communicate actively with area County Departments of Emergency Services to provide residents with up-to-date information, agency officials said.
211 is free, confidential and available 24 hours a day in more than 150 languages. Residents who can't dial 211 should call (800) 273-6222 to reach a local 211 call center. For the hearing impaired, dial 711 or (415) 808-4440 (TTY). Information is also available at www.211BayArea.org.