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If you are unable to call, or fear that doing so may result in harm to yourself or others, you can send a text to "911." However, a voice call is preferable if you are able to do so safely.



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Emergency Management

Frank Chapman


(304) 586-5370 - Option 2


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Kris Gibson


(304) 586-5370 - Option 4


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Mapping and Addressing


(304) 586-5370 - Option 1


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Mapping and Addressing

History and Reason

The Statewide Addressing and Mapping project started back in 1999 when Congressman Rahall organized a meeting between several 911 directors and the West Virginia congressional delegation to discuss the development of a Statewide Addressing and Mapping project. At this time, a committee was appointed to develop the project and Verizon WV agreed to fund it through their new Incentive Regulation Plan (IRP) with the West Virginia Public Service Commission. 

In 2001, the Statewide Addressing and Mapping Board (WVSAMB) was established with the passage of legislation introduced by the West Virginia E-911 Council, Senate Bill 460. Then, in 2007, House Bill 2525 was passed and the board received an additional three (3) years to complete their work pursuant to the provisions of Article Ten, Chapter Four of the WV State Code

Since 2008, the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) has been the home of the statewide addressing and mapping project. The division plays a key role in the E-911 addressing and database development by providing vital resources and support to counties and municipalities through the production of cartographic output that supports additional field work and field edits. 

Presently, some counties are working on completing the addressing and mapping project while others are in a maintenance mode, which allows them to continuously update and provide the latest information to DHSEM.


Current Mapping and Addressing Status

As of mid-2014, Putnam County has completed their countywide readdressing and moved into maintenance mode. The postal service has sent letters to every physical address with the information concerning the issuance of the new 911 address. If someone did not receive a letter, or needs an updated letter with their correct address, one can be picked up at the 911 Mapping and Addressing office located at 100 Emergency Lane, Winfield, WV.


Everyone needs to know and use their new address when calling 911. This will help because the new addressing plays a big role with emergency responders being able to locate callers faster. 


For additional information or questions, please contact the Mapping and Addressing Office, Monday – Friday 8am to 2pm, by calling (304) 586-5370 - Option 1.

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