By: Diane Benjamin
Here’s the list: Danvers, Hudson, Leroy, Arrowsmith, and Gridley
What are they NOT doing?
Illinois is in the process of switching to Next Gen 9-1-1. It requires the addresses to be consistent, the Geographic Information System (GIS) system across the County needs to be updated. Many other rural communities are already in the process of updating their information.
These 5 cities have made no attempt to fix addresses in the system. They all know the problem, so far compliance is voluntary.
Not updating addresses may mean emergency response vehicles can’t find your location when you really need them – like by dialing 9-1-1.
When seconds can matter, is the inconvenience and possible cost of fixing addresses worth it?
By not updating addresses calls to 9-1-1 could:
- only show a city, no location in the city
- be routed to a national 9-1-1 system in error
- produce zero location information
- mean first responders will be searching for a house on the wrong side of the street
Is no action worth a life?
Been to a City Council meeting lately?
Maybe you should, especially in Hudson. I hear you will shortly be on mayor number 4 in 2 1/2 years.