COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley is offering their services ahead of Hurricane Irma through 211 texting service.
211 is a free, 24-hour resource available in both English and Spanish that helps people find critical assistance with most any health and human service need.
While users can certainly call 211, hold times may be lengthy and you risk excessive battery drainage.
The quickest and easiest ways for evacuees and residents to receive information (including shelter needs and availability) is to text IRMA17 to 898211 from their smart phones for a link to all sorts of resources.
Users can text their need and zip code and receive a list of resources that assist with housing, utilities, affordable child care, elder services, mental health issues and other critical needs.
This service is being updated almost hourly.
For more information, click here.