RIVERHEAD - Suffolk County is facing a phone number shortage, and two options are being offered to solve the situation.

The county could run out of numbers with the 631 area code in less than two years.

To fix this, the Department of Public Services says a new area code could be created. The other option is a geographic split of the existing area code.

Four information forums and public hearings will be held next week on the matter. Two will be held on Tuesday in Riverhead and Holbrook. The other two will be Wednesday in Smithtown and Huntington Station.