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As Arctic blast nears, 211 offers New Yorkers help getting emergency fuel

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DEER PARK, N.Y. (PIX11) — With dangerously cold temperatures a mere two days away, officials are reminding New Yorkers that they don’t have to suffer in silence. Emergency fuel, housing and food are just a phone call away.

By calling 211, residents have access to life-saving aid, by getting connected to the right people who can help, the United Way of Long Island said Tuesday, dubbed 2-1-1 Day. But it’s to be used for non-emergency assistance only.

A fifth of all 211 callers need help getting heat during the frigid New York winter, the agency said. In 2014, nearly 9,200 calls were made to 211 Long Island from residents of Nassau and Suffolk counties.

The reminder that help is available comes in time for our next blast of arctic air. Temperatures are expected to reach a high of just 17 degrees Friday with light snow and more freezing temperatures forecast for the weekend.

For more information about 211’s emergency fuel program, visit www.211LongIsland.org.