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, drivers license renewal, land titles, loans, mail delivery, insurance and for other purposes requiring a site location.
What is an E-911 address?
An E-911 address is a site location address. An E-911 address is assigned using a mileage measurement, accurate to 1/100 of a mile, to driveway on a named road. A 911 standardized measuring system is used. Measurements start at the south or west end of a through road. Driveways on the left side of the road are given odd numbers and driveways on the right side of the road are given even numbers.
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. E-911 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.
In addition, Dixie County uses Smart911. A free service that allows you to provide information that is displayed to the 911 Calltaker when you call. That information can include:
- Personal Infomation
- Household Details
- Special Needs
- Medical Information
For more information, please read the flyer or watch a video from CBS about 911. To sign up for Smart911, click on the icon to the right or click on Smart911. If you do not have internet access, you can sign up using the computers at the local library or call 352-498-1240 ext 227 for help.
PLEASE POST YOUR ADDRESS!
To assist emergency services, post your E-911 numbers at the entrance to your driveway. Numbers need to be visible from the road and should be 4" high for residential and 7" high for commercial with a contrasting background. The boldness should be at least 1/2" thick. People living on shared private access roads should name and post road names to improve emergency response time. Call (352)498-1240 ext 227 for information on numbering your road. House address signs are available from the Building and Zoning Department for a fee. Please contact them at 352-498-1236.
To obtain your 911 Address please have your 18 digit Parcel Identification Number, off of your Tax Bill or Contact the Property Appraisers Office at 352-498-1212 to obtain the Parcel number. There is a $25.00 fee to create a new E-911 address.