Residents need reflective address numbers, planning for solar eclipse

BEDFORD – Scott Smith, Assistant Addressing Coordinator, stressed the importance of reflective house numbers to the commissioners Tuesday morning.

Smith urges residents to sign up for Smart911 and place reflective address signs on their homes.

Scott Smith

“Having a visible address is important when you call for assistance from police, fire, and ambulance services. Without the reflective addresses, make it difficult for first responders to find your home quickly in the dark,” added Smith. “And Smart911 allows residents to be prepared for any emergency by giving public safety the information they need to better help and communicate with you.”

Smart911 also allows residents to stay informed of weather, traffic, and other emergencies in their community. This service is free to residents across Lawrence County through this website or mobile app.

Commissioners Wally Branham, President Dustin Gabhart, Rodney Fish

Smith also stated that Emergency Management is planning for the solar eclipse on April 8, 2024.

“We are meeting weekly planning for this event,” added Smith. “They estimate more than 600,000 people will visit Indiana during the event. All the hotels and campgrounds are full for that day. There will be huge traffic delays. What would normally be a four-hour trip will take more than 10 hours to complete. There will be fuel shortages, groceries, bottled water, fast food, and other items.”