BOSTON (AP) -- There's a new phone number to call during storms or disasters in Massachusetts. It's 2-1-1.

Officials at the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency say 211 is designed to reduce the number of non-emergency calls made to 911.

By dialing 211, people can get updated disaster information and post-disaster programs, as well as volunteering and donation opportunities.

The 211 call center operates weekdays 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., providing information about social services. It can be staffed around the clock during emergencies.

The state is operating the 211 system with the Council of Massachusetts United Ways.

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