FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Kitsap County partners with emergency services to launch
Strategy focuses on correcting out of
sequence problems first
(Port Orchard, WA) - Kitsap County
Central Communications (CenCom) is working with local first responders and
Kitsap County’s Geographical Information Systems (GIS) experts to correct
problem addresses throughout the County. While preparing for the 2010
Census, the County identified many homes whose actual location differed from
the location indicated by their address. Addresses that are hard to find or
are out of logical sequence are also reported by first responders from fire,
emergency medical, and law enforcement agencies who encounter these problems
when they respond to emergency calls. Problem addresses also create
challenges for school districts, Kitsap Transit, delivery services, and
other agencies. "Correct addressing is absolutely critical to enable law
enforcement to respond to emergencies quickly and efficiently. Its absence
places our deputies, as well as the safety of our citizens in jeopardy,"
said Kitsap County Sheriff Steve Boyer.
There are many reasons problem addresses exist.
Some addresses were created long ago and assigned before the current
addressing conventions were established. Some annexations have brought
properties into a different addressing system for the City than the
addresses established by the County. The directional indicator assigned to
roads (such as NE, SW, etc.) are based on an addressing grid and cause
problems when the road extends in two different parts of the grid. The
project looks to correct these problems. Once this is accomplished,
officials are confident that technological advances in GIS will prevent
similar problems from arising with new addresses in the future. “We have
spent considerable time and effort collecting and prioritizing problem
addresses throughout the county, so I am anxious to get the change process
started,” says Tom Powers, CenCom’s addressing coordinator. “There is a lot
of work to be done, but it is exciting to be moving forward” Powers added.
He provided examples of two scenarios encountered during their research.
These are actual scenarios with the street names changed.
- There is a business at the corner of X and Y
streets. The business lists its address is 6090 X Street. Street
addresses for properties around the business are all in the 3200 block,
which is in line with the numbers on Y Street. The numbering sequence on
X Street is completely different. Their address places them at the other
end of X Street and creates confusion when someone is looking for that
business or a potential disaster in an emergency response where time is
- CENCOM receives a call for emergency services.
The caller says they are calling from 20595 Any Road. The 9-1-1 info
says they are calling from 20952 Any Road. The road is a private road
and the residence is not visible from the road. In this case the
homeowner went to the main road to help flag down the responders and
direct them to the proper address.
“There are also issues beyond emergency response and deliveries,” notes
Diane Mark from the County’s Information Services Division. “Accurate
addresses help ensure voters get the proper ballot, and are essential
for redistricting based on the 2010 census,” according to Mark. “The
Auditor's Office must be able to match a voter's residence address to a
parcel of land in order for that voter to receive the correct ballot in
an election,” says County Auditor Walt Washington. “With the Census
Bureau providing population totals and redistricting of our city
council, county commissioner, legislative and congressional districts
beginning in 2011 it is critical to our mission to provide voting
materials in a responsible and accurate fashion,” Washington added.
Most addresses are not affected by this project, and in some areas the
changes are not finalized, so it is not currently possible or necessary to
call and find out if your address is likely to be changed. If there is a
problem with your address you will receive a letter advising of the problem
and how it is being corrected. The first phase of the program aims to
correct out of sequence numbering beginning in North Kitsap. Future phases
will include resolution of confusing existing road names as well as the
addition of new road names where unnamed driveways are serving multiple
residences and/or businesses. A public meeting on the topic is begins at
7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22 at North Kitsap Fire & Rescue’s Paul T. Nichol
Headquarters Fire Station (26642 Miller Bay Road NE) near Kingston. More
information is available at
– ### –