COFFEE COUNTY, AL (WSFA) - Coffee County leaders are urging residents to purchase physical address markers to identify their homes. The county commission passed a resolution in April encouraging residents to post the reflective markers, especially people who live in rural areas.
"If you don't have an address on your property, it makes it a little more difficult for us and any delay can cause problems," said James Brown, Coffee County EMA Director.
Delays and problems are something emergency workers have run into trying to respond to scenes.
EMA officials say emergency workers were delayed responding to a medical call in New Brockton as recently as Friday.
"We don't know which trailer it is because none of them are labeled," said Deputy Director Grant Lyons. "Sometimes it's not going to be someone out there telling you where to go."
And when first responders don't have direction, crucial moments are wasted.
"When someone is having a heart attack, seconds count," cautioned Coffee County 911 Coordinator Marvin McIlwain. "When someone is breaking in on you, seconds count."
You can make your own physical address marker. Letters should be at least 2 1/2 inches. You can also purchase one for $20 from your local volunteer fire department.
Emergency service personnel ask that you place the address marker at the point of entry into your home. If your house is located far off the main road, it's best to put it at the entrance into your property or the beginning of your driveway.