In order to meet state and federal guidelines for Wireless enhanced 911, Norton County is in the final stages of assigning new addresses for every commercial and residential property in the rural areas of the county. The new addressing will not affect residents in the incorporated city limits of the County.
Planning began in 1998 when public roads were named and signs were installed shortly afterwards.
In 2007, County wide aerial photography was aquired to create accurate maps for the new 911 system. Since then, every street and structure have been identified and digitized into the counties (GIS) Geographical Information System. Address guidlines were determined for the County in order to have a consistent numbering system countrywide.
When a call is received at the County's 911 Dispatch Center, the caller's address and phone number are matched to a computerized mapping system. The system maps an exact location on the street where the structure is located by using the 911 address number along with the length of that street, thus giving an exact location for the request for help.
Using and properly posting your 911 address is essential for the County's Emergency System to function properly and effeciently for the safety of the citizens in Norton County.
Norton County sincerly appreciates your cooperation to make this program successful.
Further details will be issued in future articles.
Richard Thompson, Chairman