Crow Wing County seeks residents’ help with 911 system

Crow Wing County's sign ordinance states E911 address signs or road signs cannot be altered or removed, so officials request residents' assistance in keeping those signs visible.

The Crow Wing County Land Services Building on Tuesday, March 23, 2021. Chelsey Perkins / Brainerd Dispatch

Crow Wing County is asking residents’ help to ensure the E911 system works effectively by allowing emergency responders to quickly locate those in need of emergency assistance.

There are more than 80,000 parcels with more than 27,000 E-911 address signs. Those with a blue 911 sign on their property are asked to keep the sign visible by removing vegetation, debris, snow and other intrusions.

If the sign is damaged or removed, contact the Land Services Department at 218-824-1010 to get a new sign installed. Under the county sign ordinance, E911 address signs or road signs cannot be altered, defaced, removed or moved.

“Proper maintenance of E911 signs is vital to ensuring emergency vehicles are able to locate folks quickly and efficiently,” Recording Supervisor Doug Hansen said in a news release.

Citizens in need of emergency assistance will be able to transmit photos, videos and other forms of broadband data and applications to 911 professionals, in addition to making a traditional call or sending a text message to 911.


The physical E911 address and sign are still an important feature of the process. The system also selectively routes public safety calls through a specialized database and Geographic Information System map.

The routing of this information allows emergency response teams such as law enforcement, fire, ambulance and other emergency providers the ability to save valuable time to find a person in dire need of help.

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