GPS is a great tool for navigation, but it doesn’t always work on country roads. So emergency responders rely on road signs and house numbers to locate your home when you call 911. This was the reason we moved from “Rural Route/Box” addresses to “911 Addresses” years ago.
The Oakland Volunteer Fire Department is selling reflective metal 911 address plates for mailbox or roadside use. These high-visibility signs will help emergency crews find your home at night or in bad weather.
These address plates are made to order for $20 each if you pick them up at the department, or they can be mailed to you for an extra $5.
For more information, call Oakland VFD at 256-766-1274 or 256-740-2332.
You can also visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/OVFD2
Remember… they can’t help you if they can’t find you!
The address plates can be lettered and mounted for horizontal or vertical use.
Photos courtesy Oakland Volunteer Fire Department
Tips for using your new 911 address plate:
- Mount the plate at least 4 feet above grade
- Should be on same side of the road as your house
- Should be no more than 5 feet from the edge of road
- The numbers should be visible to vehicles traveling both directions
- Area around the plate should be clear of tall grass, branches, and debris