Address Changes Could Slow Emergency Response

Families in Rogers County could be in danger because emergency responders don't have their correct addresses. Full Story
Inquiring Mind

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#1 Mar 17, 2009
This could just as easily happen in Osage County. For years it has been accepted that with the telephone, gas, and electric companies there could be three or more addresses for the same house. My abstract says my address is one thing, the phone company etc., says it's another. Now 911 comes along and assigned everyone a new address-including changing people's addresses in towns. UPS, Fed-ex, etc., have a terrible time now . I say my address is the same as it was 25 years ago. The utilities companies say something different, 911 assigned a different address and the delivery truck's GPS tells the delivery people something totally different. I sometimes wonder where I live and my house nor I have moved an inch. The more we progress the more backward we become.
DC COWETA OK

Tulsa, OK

#2 Mar 17, 2009
All these new addressed do is cause confusion. They did this in Coweta and we are continuously helping emergency vehicles that come into our neighborhood find where they are going because we know everyone in our neighborhood. This includes ambulance and police. NOT GOOD IN LIFE OR DEATH! One time the police got a call from a woman that had been shot. THEY COULDN'T FINE HER HOUSE!! We told them where to find it. I say leave well enough alone. They just need to give someone a job so they change addresses. THEY SURE ARENT HELPING!!!!!
GracieGal

Chelsea, OK

#3 Mar 17, 2009
I am in awe of the stupidity of the address changes. The only way Oologah's Fire Dept. found out about these changes was because a citizen that got an address change letter went up there to make sure the firemen knew where he lived! It then went to the EMS to find out no one was told. ABSOLUTELY DUMB! Can't believe it. We just built a house here and are going to recieve a new address eventually, but why?? We JUST finished the house. Shouldn't our BRAND NEW address be good enough??
Batman

Tulsa, OK

#4 Mar 17, 2009
GracieGal

The address that many of us were given does not match up to any known geographical data federal or otherwise (GPS) the changes being made currently will correct this. The EOC of Rogers County is responsible for issueing address's I argued with them four years ago that the address issued to me was incorrrect did they listen? Now look what happens and Emergency Services is not notified?

I went to the firedepartment to let them know what my new address is the person I spoke to did not write it down or document it in anyway and acted like it was no big deal so I do not understand the article when it says people are encouraged to let them know their new address.

I have come to the conclusion people on the West Side of the lake are basically on their own.
Cheryle in Coweta

Haskell, OK

#5 Mar 17, 2009
When the post office changed our address several years ago it did result in our local Coweta ambulance not arriving for over 30 minutes! My husband fell off the roof of our house onto cement and cracked his head. With blood gushing forth, he yelled at me to call the ambulance. I gave the 911 dispatcher our NEW address. We could hear the ambulance all around us, but they couldn't find us with the new address for over 30 minutes! Finally I gave them the OLD address, and they came immediately. My husband had stitches in his head, etc... but it really became a problem later when my mother fell and broke her hip. Mother had fallen 6 hours earlier and laid in the bathroom until my husband found her after he arrived home from work. Again, Tom called 911 and gave the NEW address. Again, they kept circling the wagons and couldn't find our house! He gave them the NEW address and they were right there. She survived, but it was scarey.

To this very day, ALL of the Utility Companies have refused to change our address from the old to the new! Its been years since the change has been made, and there are new people in most of the houses around us. What if they call 911 and don't know the OLD address? Why do the Utility Companies continue to hold on to the old address? This IS and still is a problem.
Tulsa-Mom

Broken Arrow, OK

#6 Mar 17, 2009
Looks to me like someone could be held liable if the ambluance didn't make it somewhere in time. This is ridiculous. What are people supposed to do? Wait and die?
Spelling

S Coffeyville, OK

#7 Mar 17, 2009
Why the misspelling on the ambulance,"Oolagah," when the town is "Oologah"?
Knucklehead22

United States

#8 Mar 17, 2009
How could a fire crew responding to a sprinkler alarm at the school not realize they were being sent 2 miles north? They had to drive past the school to get to the wrong location. Common sense would have helped in that case.
RogersCountyResi dent

Tulsa, OK

#9 Mar 17, 2009
I received letters from the postal service and emergency management to start using my new address immediately. I never received a first class letter because it was returned to the sender by the postal service. I called my local post office, and they weren't even aware of the address change. They blamed it on the OKC office.
GracieGal

Chelsea, OK

#10 Mar 17, 2009
Spelling wrote:
Why the misspelling on the ambulance,"Oolagah," when the town is "Oologah"?
When they first became a "town" it was originally spelled with an a. But over time it has become Oologah.
GracieGal

Chelsea, OK

#11 Mar 17, 2009
Knucklehead22 wrote:
How could a fire crew responding to a sprinkler alarm at the school not realize they were being sent 2 miles north? They had to drive past the school to get to the wrong location. Common sense would have helped in that case.
They were given an address....not told that it was at the school. The address was obviously incorrect and the firefighters were not at fault.
Fmr Rogers Cty FF

Dallas, TX

#12 Mar 17, 2009
When this all started we were still on the RR system and had a terible time finding you unless your house was burning. The premis of a Grid system like Tulsa County has is a central "0" point, Rogers county chose not to have a "0" point but rather to have 1000 point in the NW corner of the county instead of the center point. I dated a girl doing some of the addressing untill I found out she was smoking POT. They should have done what the city of Catoosa and NW wagoner county did and extend the Tulsa county Grid.
noodles

Owasso, OK

#13 Mar 18, 2009
Fmr Rogers Cty FF wrote:
When this all started we were still on the RR system and had a terible time finding you unless your house was burning. The premis of a Grid system like Tulsa County has is a central "0" point, Rogers county chose not to have a "0" point but rather to have 1000 point in the NW corner of the county instead of the center point. I dated a girl doing some of the addressing untill I found out she was smoking POT. They should have done what the city of Catoosa and NW wagoner county did and extend the Tulsa county Grid.
I agree. It makes sense. Why the crap didn't they drug test the girl!?
Mental Giant

Sand Springs, OK

#14 Mar 20, 2009
Batman wrote:
GracieGal
The address that many of us were given does not match up to any known geographical data federal or otherwise (GPS) the changes being made currently will correct this. The EOC of Rogers County is responsible for issueing address's I argued with them four years ago that the address issued to me was incorrrect did they listen? Now look what happens and Emergency Services is not notified?
I went to the firedepartment to let them know what my new address is the person I spoke to did not write it down or document it in anyway and acted like it was no big deal so I do not understand the article when it says people are encouraged to let them know their new address.
I have come to the conclusion people on the West Side of the lake are basically on their own.
The issue is Rogers County has a mental giant that changes addresses, and supposedly enters them into the Rogers County system. She does what she wants, when she wants, with no oversight. By the time someone figures out what happened, it's usually because a problem occurred and someone lost their house...or their life. This female employee of Rogers County is the issue and needs to be fired immediately!
Who changes them

Sand Springs, OK

#15 Mar 20, 2009
Who changes the addresses in Rogers County? And who does this person work for?
noodles

Owasso, OK

#16 Mar 20, 2009
Mental Giant wrote:
<quoted text>
The issue is Rogers County has a mental giant that changes addresses, and supposedly enters them into the Rogers County system. She does what she wants, when she wants, with no oversight. By the time someone figures out what happened, it's usually because a problem occurred and someone lost their house...or their life. This female employee of Rogers County is the issue and needs to be fired immediately!
Scary. I like the sarcasm in the name you call her. ;-)
noodles

Owasso, OK

#17 Mar 20, 2009
Who changes them wrote:
Who changes the addresses in Rogers County? And who does this person work for?
Email News on 6 and ask them to investigate. Should make for an interesting story!

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