911 Address VS Mailing Address – Do I need both?

What is the difference between a 911 address and a mailing address?  Unless you have a post office box, then nothing.  Your 911 address and your mailing address should be the same address.  Even if you do not receive mail at your home (such as a seasonal home), it’s still important to know your 911 address.

The post office used to have rural routes all over the Kenai Peninsula Borough, after 1998 when 911 addressing was assigned, they adopted the 911 addresses for use with the mail.  So unless you use a post office mailbox, your 911 address serves a dual purpose as a mailing address as well. Even if you have a post office box it is still important that your 911 address is associated with the post office box. This can be accomplished by filling out a form at your local post office.

In the event of an emergency, you should call 911.  The first question they will ask you is, “what is the address of your emergency”.  This is important to locate you among all of the other homes/businesses in the borough.  For example, there is a variation of “Spruce St” in 12 out of the 36 communities in the Kenai Peninsula Borough.  So the address number, road name, and community will also be requested when you call 911.

The next step, is locating you on a map, when the dispatcher enters this information into the CAD (Computer aided dispatch) system, it will plot your 911 address on the map.  If you give a bad 911 address, it will take the dispatcher additional time to locate you before they can send help!

Once you are located, the dispatcher on the phone will continue to give/receive information with you, and then another dispatcher will begin contacting emergency services over the radio to assist you.  This is another important step in a quick response.

Posting your 911 address is very important for the fire/ems/rescue/police field responders to find you.  As many of you are aware, GPS units are useful in getting near a location, but they are not always 100% accurate.  By posting your 911 address, you will be able to provide the field responders a confirmation that they are at the correct house.  Please review Kenai Peninsula Borough Code 14.20.080 for requirements on address posting.  Be sure when you post your 911 address it’s clear and concise and can easily be seen from the street day or night!  If your mailbox has the number on it, but it’s with a group of other mailboxes, it can be difficult to identify the correct home, unless it’s also posted at the building as well.

Addresses are assigned based on distance.  Additionally, odd numbers should be on the opposite side of the road from the even numbers.  These standards also help field responders find your location in the event of an emergency.  If you are unsure about your 911 address, or if you believe it to be incorrect, based on the ones around you, please contact the E911 Addressing Officer at 907-714-2226 or chenson@kpb.us immediately for assistance.

Your address can also be located, with much more information as well, at our interactive website: http://www.kpb.us/gis-dept/interactive-parcel-viewers

 

E911 Street Naming

KPB Chapter 14.10 Street Naming Methods -- amended by Ordinance 2006-05
Street Suffixes (such as avenue, drive, or lane) are set by Borough Code
NENA (National Emergency Number Association)
Road Inventory
List of Street Name Changes
Resolutions
Street Naming Procedures
Street Names PROHIBITED 

 


E911 Addressing

Register Your Cell Phone to Receive Emergency Messages
New Address Request Form
Address Change Form
Uniform Address Sign Request Form
Frequently Asked Questions


Fees

Naming Renaming Petition $300
Installation of New Street Sign & Post $150
Replacement of Existing Street Sign $ 80
Uniform Address Sign Fee $ 20