|Street naming, numbering nearly complete|
|Thursday, 19 July 2012 11:15|
Eighty percent of streets on Providenciales and 75 percent on Grand Turk have been named and numbered, but some residents and businesses are not displaying addresses that are vital to emergency services when summoned during an emergency.
“We are pleased that street naming and numbering on Providenciales are almost complete,” said Demarco Williams of the Survey and Mapping Department. “We are working hard to complete this exercise in Grand Turk by the end of August.”
Residents and businesses are required by law to display address numbers that are clearly visible, either lit or reflective, so that they can be seen at night.
Tammika Lall of the 911 Emergency Communications Centre, which issues official address confirmations, noted that many residents have not displayed their numbers, and some are displaying the numbers incorrectly.
The Street Addressing Ordinance 2010 stipulates that the numbers should be a minimum of 2-feet 6-inches above the ground and that the lettering should be a minimum of 3 inches in height and at least ⅜-inch thick. Residents are also reminded that as of Nov. 1 failure to display their official building number carries a fine of up to $5,000.
Many residents still do not know or in some cases do not remember their official address when there is an emergency, which can delay response times, 911 says.
The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force is appealing to residents to purchase their street signs and have them displayed to assist emergency services.
People who do not know their addresses should fill out a 911 Data Form and to get their addresses and be registered in the 911 system. 911 says you should memorize your address and make sure family members know it too.
For further information, contact 911 Centre at Williams Plaza, 34B Old Airport Road, Providenciales; call 946-5255 or e-mail
Visit the 911 Communications website at 911tci.com for more information or to submit a request to receive and register your street number.
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