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Erie County residents encouraged to call 2-1-1 for assistance, information about snow removal

Erie County government and United Way's 2-1-1 Call Center are encouraging at-risk Erie County residents to call 2-1-1 for information about assistance in clearing snow.

The reminder comes as Team Rubicon and the Pennsylvania Wing Civil Air Patrol are sending volunteers to help clear sidewalks and driveways for vulnerable residents – specifically, for the elderly and those with medical conditions or disabilities.

Call takers at United Way's 2-1-1 Call Center will assess residents’ needs in receiving the volunteers’ assistance in clearing snow. If a caller does not meet the criteria of being a member of the at-risk population, 2-1-1 call takers can guide callers to other resources.

The Erie County Department of Public Safety is coordinating volunteer efforts. Team Rubicon is mobilizing volunteers to assist with snow cleanup in Erie County, with at least 24 people slated for deployment. Team Rubicon, a nonprofit that unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams, last assisted in Erie County after a tornado in November.

In addition, volunteers from the Pennsylvania Wing Civil Air Patrol have deployed to Erie County, with about 50 people assisting in humanitarian snow removal efforts.

Various area businesses and community organizations, including Emsco Group, West Ridge Fire Department, First Alliance Church, Wegmans, Subway and the American Red Cross, have provided equipment and other donations to support the mission. Others interested in offering support should contact Bruce Eicher at 814-873-8486.