Angie Murphy, 911 dispatch director, told Allen County Commissioners Tuesday that the Allen County Farm Bureau had available large, reflective address signs to help emergency personnel quickly locate homes of those needing assistance.
Signs designed to be attached to mailboxes cost $15 each, those for houses $12. They will be made on order.
The Farm Bureau will donate profit from sales to the newly-forming Allen County Farmers Market. Murphy also noted that members of FFA chapters in the county would erect signs for people who cannot do so.
Signs may be ordered at the county Farm Bureau office, 807 N. State St., Iola, or 365-2172. People who are unsure of their official address may check with County Counselor Alan Weber, 365-1420.
Murphy said homemade signs also may be used, but should be large enough to be clearly visible at night and during inclement weather. However, the reflective metal signs available through the Farm Bureau would be difficult to duplicate, she noted, especially given their low cost.
Having good signage is critical when an emergency occurs, said Jason Nelson, county ambulance director.
“You don’t want us hunting for you home after you call 911,” he said.
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