911 locator signs, knox boxes help available through local fire departments, health department

In an effort to increase law enforcement and emergency services response times several Livingston County agencies have come together to make rural 911 signs available throughout Livingston County.

Ann Burchett, a representative with the Livingston County Health Department and Aging in Place, recently announced that the Livingston County Senior Tax Board gave a donation to Aging in Place to purchase 10 know boxes that will become property of The Chillicothe Fire Department and loaned to 10 area senior citizens.

Many commercial businesses have knox boxes, which allow law enforcement to have a secure code or key to access the key or code to the business, allowing them to enter wit asked to, without causing damage to the business. This is the same system that will be used for knox boxes at residences.

“These boxes will allow law enforcement, and emergency services to safely get into someone’s home, without unnecessary damage to their property,” Fire Chief Darrell Wright said. He noted that in the recent past a well-being check on an elderly area resident resulted in a door having to be broken for officers to gain access, only to determine the elderly resident was sleeping.

The knox boxes will be given to an elderly resident who resides alone and is in need. The person can reside in the city limits or in the county,

Burchett said the knox boxes cost about $185, which may make it possible for anyone who would like to purchase one themselves.

The Senior Tax Board also donated funds to the 911 locator sign project. Their donation will allow for the purchase and installation of 50, 911 locator signs, throughout Livingston County. The blue, reflective signs can be easily seen at night and will help law enforcement and emergency crews to more easily locate a home out in the county. Burchett said any resident interested in applying for to receive a sign for free, should contact their local fire department to check the availability of signs covered by the grant.

An application to purchase a sigs, can also be completed and turned in at the health department, located at 211 Adam Drive, or on their website at www.livcohealthcenter.com. Signs will cost $15. The signs are 18”x6” blue prismatic highly reflective double-sided aluminum with four-inch white numbering. It is recommended the signs be displayed either near the driveway entrance of the property or on the mailbox of the residence.

The first order of 911 locator signs has been placed with Missouri Vocational Enterprise and Burchett believed it would arrive soon. Orders are being placed almost weekly to ensure signs arrive and can be placed in a timely fashion. Installation of the signs is not included in the price, but Burchett said some volunteer groups have stepped up and are willing to install signs as needed.

“If there are any service groups looking for a project, this would be a great one and a real asset to the family whose signs is getting installed, and community as a whole,” she said.

City officials have been working with Aging in Place to make sure city residents are aware of ordinances about visibility of addresses on homes. Ensuring the addresses are light at night will aid law enforcement and emergency services in being able to find homes within the city, Wright said.