FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 20, 2017
Addresses on Key Peninsula, Fox Island and Anderson Island to change in 2018.
Addresses on Key Peninsula, Fox Island and Anderson Island will change in early 2018 in order to comply with Next Generation 911 and U.S. Postal Service standards.
Next Generation 911 is an Internet Protocol (IP)-based system that allows the public to contact 911 via text messages, as well as through phone calls. South Sound 911, which provides 911 and dispatch services to Pierce County communities, will upgrade to Next Generation 911 in 2018. Learn more about the upgrade at www.piercecountywa.org/911addressing.
Under Next Generation 911 standards, addresses must meet U.S. Postal Service standards before the 911 system is upgraded. While the majority of Pierce County addresses meet these standards, Key Peninsula, Fox Island and Anderson Island addresses use directional (KPN, KPS, AI and FI) that do not.
In early 2018, addresses on Key Peninsula with a “KPN” directional will use “NW,” while those with a “KPS” directional will use “SW.”
Anderson Island and Fox Island addresses will no longer have a directional. Currently, the directional for Anderson Island is “AI,” while the directional for Fox Island is “FI.”
Staff from local emergency services and Pierce County will hold informational meetings for community members to learn more about the changes.
• 4:30 – 7:00 p.m., November 8th at Evergreen Elementary, 1820 Key Peninsula Highway S, Lakebay
• 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., November 13th at Key Peninsula Civic Center, 17010 S Vaughn Rd. KPN, Vaughn
“These address changes will help first responders arrive more quickly during emergencies,” said Key Peninsula Fire Chief Guy Allen. “Many of our personnel know the area well and still have trouble finding some addresses. This problem quickly becomes much more serious when we have a major emergency and crews from out of the area responding to back us up.”
Property owners with changing addresses will receive a letter from Pierce County this fall with information about how to learn more. The Pierce County Council is expected to take action on the address changes in late 2017. This Council action will set the effective date for address changes in early 2018. Property owners will receive a second notice in early 2018 with their official new address and the date it will become effective.
New addresses should be used for emergency services calls starting in 2018. Mail services will continue to honor old addresses for one year from the effective date, to allow time for homeowners to update their billing addresses.
In addition to changes to the directionals, addresses that are considered problem addresses will also be corrected on Key Peninsula and Anderson Island. Pierce County and emergency services track problem addresses and have a regular program to fix them.
These fixes make properties easier for first responders to find in the event of an emergency. Common address problems include house numbers that are out of sequence, addresses that are off a road that is not used for access, and addresses that are on the wrong side of the street.
People can learn more about these changes at www.piercecountywa.org/911addressing. The site includes a map that allows users to search for address changes to their property.
Tiffany O’Dell, Planning & Public Works senior planner