Local non-profits are reminding residents of Virginia, Maryland and the District of a number they can call for help in the aftermath of Friday's violent storms. It's not terribly catchy, but a simple dial of 2-1-1 from anywhere in the D.C. region will connect individuals with an operator who can help locate critical community resources, such as government services to assist with storm recovery efforts.
According to the United Way, 2-1-1 call specialists are trained to help people in crisis. Operators are available 24-7 and can help callers find basic services and support including food, clothing, shelter and other assistance.
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Virginia's attorney general Ken Cuccinelli will face former Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe in November to become Virginia's 72nd governor.