Our E-911 Division is responsible for addressing all structures in unincorporated Washington County, Mississippi. To coordinate addressing with the community, the postal service and telephone companies (landline and wireless). We also process requests for persons applying for an Emergency 911 address and assist the public with locating roads and streets. Our office maintains the E-911 addressing for Washington County; oversees the 911 equipment for Washington County, and conduct everyday activities for maintaining the E911 office. These services are provided by this office at no charge
WHAT IS AN E-911 ADDRESS?
An E-911 address is a site location address. People placing emergency calls often have difficulty providing their addresses. Children, visitors, hearing or speech impaired callers, or callers in a life threatening situation, may not be able to provide address information to dispatchers. When dialing 911 from a land line phone the E-911 system automatically gives the dispatchers the address, allowing them to send the appropriate fire, medical personnel, or law enforcement, even if the caller is unable to communicate. The dispatcher will then guide emergency responders to the location.
WHY DO I NEED AN E-911 ADDRESS?
Primarily, to assist emergency services in responding to emergency calls. An E-911 address helps emergency services to locate residents. A faster response time can make a significant difference in survival and degree of recovery. However, E-911 location addresses are also often required for phone service, building permits, driver’s license renewal, land titles, loans, mail delivery, insurance and for other purposes requiring a site location. Even if you receive mail at a P.O. Box you must have a 911 address.
WHEN CAN I APPLY FOR AN E-911 ADDRESS?
An E-911 address can be applied for as soon as the driveway has been established and what type of structure is being added to the property. Vacant land will NOT receive a physical address.
PLEASE POST YOUR ADDRESS!
Seconds count when emergency responders are trying to locate an address. To assist emergency services, post your E-911 numbers at the entrance to your driveway. Numbers should be visible from the road and should be 3” to 6” high with a contrasting background. People living on shared private access roads label each structure with its correct 911 number. You could be fined if you are not compliant with the County Addressing Ordinance!
WILL MY ADDRESS CHANGE?
It is possible; there are many factors which are used to determine your address. If/when those factors change it may be necessary to change your 911 address in order to comply with the County addressing scheme.
WHY WILL MY ADDRESS CHANGE?
There was a problem with your existing address and it was changed so that Emergency Responders could better locate you in the event of an emergency. Your address may change for any one of the following reasons:
1. Your address was out of sequence with respect to your neighbors. Addresses need to progress in sequence along the road and they should also be closely numbered to the addresses across the street.
2. Your address was on the wrong side of the street. Even numbered addresses should all be on one side of the street and odd numbered addresses on the other side.
3. Your address number was duplicated.
4. Your road name/number designation needs to be changed.
5. Your address had to change as a result of other address changes.
WHO SHOULD I NOTIFY ABOUT MY ADDRESS CHANGE?
Following are several common entities you need to notify: Landline phone carrier, power and utility providers, place of employment, insurance company, cable/satellite, banks, magazines, voter registration, property tax office, schools attended by you and your children, driver’s license and mortgage company. The post office will forward your mail for up to one year but you will need to fill out the change of address form at your local office or ask your carrier to leave one for you to complete.
Questions? Call 662-335-1945
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