2-1-1 is a special telephone number in the United States and Canada. It was made to be easy to remember. Calling the number lets people get information quickly about health organizations. It can also be called in an emergency.
History[change | change source]
New York Telephone (now part of Verizon) used the 2-1-1 number for many years. It was an automatic, meaning it worked by itself, number for phone numbers that were dialed wrongly. 2-1-1 was used this way from the 1970s through the early 2000s.
The city of Atlanta started a new way of using 2-1-1 in 1997. This new way of using it was similar to how it is used now. After Atlanta, many other cities and states started to use it as a special number to call in an emergency. 5-1-1 is also used for this.
Other websites[change | change source]
- 211Canada.ca[permanent dead link]
- 211 Canada Information Weblog
- 211 Halton Region (Ontario, Canada)
- 211 Niagara Region (Ontario, Canada)
- 211 Simcoe County (Ontario, Canada) Archived 2019-01-27 at the Wayback Machine
- 211 Toronto (Ontario, Canada)
- 211 Calgary (Alberta, Canada)[permanent dead link]
- Windsor and Essex County (Ontario, Canada) Archived 2011-07-27 at the Wayback Machine
- CRTC Decision 2001-475 establishing use of 2-1-1 in Canada Archived 2007-08-14 at the Wayback Machine
- InformCanada National Association
- InformOntario Provincial Association
- 2-1-1 Edmonton Archived 2008-02-24 at the Wayback Machine
- United States
- 211 status in the U.S. Archived 2008-03-10 at the Wayback Machine
- Alliance of Information & Referral Systems
- Atlanta United Way page on 2-1-1 Archived 2006-02-22 at the Wayback Machine
- FCC fact sheet on 2-1-1
- National 211.org site homepage
- 2-1-1 Virginia
- 211 Palm Beach/Treasure Coast
- 2-1-1 Big Bend Inc.
- 2-1-1 Los Angeles County
- 2-1-1 San Luis Obispo County Archived 2009-12-27 at the Wayback Machine
- 2-1-1 NW Oregon & SW Washington
- 2-1-1 Missouri