ADA, OK-- Pontotoc county first responders are asking residents to help them save valuable time so they can get to you faster during an emergency.
Corky Wilson lives out in the country and said he knows firsthand the importance of having a visible address.
"a couple of times before my wife past away it worked out real well because I had to get an emergency vehicleout here for her to get her to the hospital and they didn't have any trouble finding me because I had my sign out so it worked really good" said Wilson.
Former state senator Billie Floyd said there are several things residents can do to make their homes more visible and easier for emergency responders to know they're at the correct address.
"Painting a curb with a reflective paint if you have a good curb if you do not have a curb putting some kind of sign on your house or mailbox so it can be seen at a distance" said Floyd.
But Floyd said the most important thing for residents to have are reflective signs with reflective numbers showcasing their address.
"It must be seen both day and night just to see it in the day time is not sufficient because so much of our emergencies happen at night" said Floyd.
"If we can go straight to an address and know that that's the address instead of parking two blocks away and trying to find it especially in the dark" said Sgt. Jason Potter.
Sergeant Jason Potter with the ADA police said although they have a system that can pinpoint a landline call it's still important for all residents not just those who live in the country to do their part to make their homes more visible.
"Even now that we have got the enhanced 911 before it used to be worse but now it's a little bit better going from address to address" said Potter.
if you would like to put up signs but do not know your physical address you can contact your local 911 coordinator.
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