The address correction project is a countywide effort to help with public safety response. In early 2009, in preparation for the 2010 Census, the County identified many homes whose actual location differed from the location indicated by their address. First responders from fire, emergency medical, and law enforcement agencies, school districts, Kitsap Transit and other agencies reported addressing problems that affect public safety and their business processes.
Since 2009, the county has corrected nearly 6,000 addresses and has launched a renewed effort to complete the project. Addresses on the list are scheduled to change by 2017, to support the next generation 911 system that Washington State is scheduled to implement. This system requires higher quality addresses to support the technology. To get more information on the Next Generation 911, please visit this site The official 911.gov website.
Currently there are three main issues which affect dispatching emergency services to an address:
1. The address number being out of sequence with the neighbors, or no address posted or visible from the street.
- Many addresses in Kitsap County have been in use for several decades and were assigned before current conventions for addressing were put in place.
- Incorporated cities within Kitsap County and the unincorporated areas of the county had their own addressing systems and authorities, so the conventions that were used to assign addresses were different from one area to another. Now, when a city incorporates county land, the addressing systems may not match up.
- SOLUTION: re-numbering addresses so that they are in sequence
2. A problem with the street name or directional. There are often duplicate street names throughout the county, difficult words to spell and pronounce, or street names that sound just like another name, but spelled differently.
- These problems can cause a 9-1-1 dispatcher to send emergency responders to the wrong place, or for the responders themselves to have trouble locating you once they get in the area.
- The county's roads are assigned directional (such as NE, SW, etc.) based on an addressing grid. A road that falls on a grid line may have been known by two names (such as NE Main St and SE Main St for a road that falls on the NE/SE dividing line). Therefore, addresses on this road may use inconsistent road names
- SOLUTION: Re-name street, correct directional
3. Several Houses accessed by a long driveway
- The driveways are not named, and the structures are addressed to the main road.
- Delays can occur as the first responders have difficulty determining the correct driveway.
- SOLUTION: Assign a road name to the driveways and re-address the homes to the new street name
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