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County works to convert addresses for 911

June 29, 1998|By KERRY LYNN FRALEY

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Your husband is having a heart attack. Your child has stopped bleeding. You've cut yourself and are bleeding severely.

Would you be able to relay your full street address to the 911 operator?

In the shock of an emergency situation, some people can't remember their name, let alone their complete address, said Mary Kackley, director of 911 in Berkeley County.

That won't cause a delay in getting help to those people once Berkeley County gets a new computer-aided dispatch and computerized mapping system for 911 calls, Kackley said.

But before it can put such a system in place, the county needs to finish the major task of converting every address in the county to an orderly system with unique street names and methodical numbering, she said.

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The project, started nearly five years ago, is moving more slowly than planned, Kackley said.

It includes naming every unnamed street in the county and city, renaming streets with names too similar to other streets' names and numbering or renumbering streets to conform with a uniform system, she said.

At this point, proposed names for all 450 unnamed streets in the city and county have been submitted to the project consultant, Kackley said.

Names were selected by residents, who were asked to get together with neighbors and agree upon a submission, she said.

Residents of streets slated to be renamed are being asked to help the effort by promptly responding to letters being delivered to their homes, Kackley said.

Anyone with questions can call the address conversion hotline at 304-263-5271.

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