Giving More Floridians Access to 211 System

What do you do if you need help and it’s not a matter of life and death? That’s where 2-1-1 comes in.

Most Florida communities are already connected to the 2-1-1 system where you can make one call to find everything from the suicide hotline to the local volunteer center.

Ted Granger of the United Way says it’s been a tremendous resource during hurricane season.

Ted Granger says, "2-1-1 is an invaluable tool to answering calls before hurricanes on where the escape routes are and where the shelters are and after the hurricanes, where’s the ice and water, where’s the baby supplies, etcetera."

But there are still more than three million Floridians who don’t have access to the 2-1-1 system. It's believed it would take $5 million of new state funding to make that happen.