A humanitarian relief 911. This new abbreviated dialing code allows a person in need to reach a help line where he or she can be referred to a shelter, food bank or any other charitable resource. At the moment this has only been mandated in the US but Canada should not be far behind.

"On Friday, July 21, 2000, the FCC assigned 211 for human services information and referral nationwide. Each state public utility or public service commission is now charged with determining who should be awarded the number in that state and how it will be implemented." -- http://www.211.org

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