Post office, city, county encourage displaying 911 addresses properly

From staff and press reports

It will only take a few minutes, and it should only cost you a few dollars. But it could save your life or the life of someone you love.

Some people in the county do not have their E-911 addresses posted properly, but the local Post offices, E911 officials, city and County officials encourage every resident to take the proper steps for 911 address posting – for every citizen’s own good.

The County and city E-911 ordinance does require citizens to post their 911 addresses in accordance with county and state law.

Having these numbers highly visible, and in front of your home, not down the street where your mailbox is located, or hidden behind a bush, could be a lifesaver.

“In an emergency, time can be somebody’s life,” Betty Roach, Postmaster noted. “When you need Fire or EMS, two or three minutes could be a lifetime.” Which illustrated why the post office is helping notify persons who do not have homes marked.Because of part of Winston County’s rural nature, many homes are located miles apart and hard to see from the highway and that is another reason the proper posting is necessary.

In the late 1980s, the Postal Service was asked to cooperate with the various government agencies involved in implementing a 9-1-1 emergency response system.

Many communities across the nation have converted to a grid street address system to aid local police, fire, and rescue authorities. To implement 9-1-1 emergency phone numbers and addresses, all residences are assigned a numbered street address to enable emergency personnel to readily locate anyone who calls for assistance or is in distress. Local city zoning and planning offices establish new city-style addresses which conform to Postal Service addressing standards.

In 1993, Winston County Board of Supervisors adopted an ordinance that requires every house, building, mobile home, or other structures to affix the number assigned by E911 to the structures and that ALL mail boxes shall be marked with the house number.

In 2008, the Winston County Board of Supervisors amended the Ordinance to include a fine of $10 a day if persons refused to comply with the ordinance within 30 days after notification.

Over the last few months your mail carriers have been notifying customers that are not incompliance with the above requirements to PLEASE place your number on your mail box.

To assist the USPS and the E911 Emergency Agencies and to avoid potential fines make sure your address is located on your mail box.