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911 :: 911 Addressing
When To Call
The Plymouth County 911 System Administrator is responsible for assigning
addresses in the rural areas of Plymouth County.
The city clerk’s office of each city in Plymouth County
is responsible for assigning addresses within the city limits of each city;
contact the city clerk’s office of that particular city to have an address
Plymouth County 911 System Administrators office is located at 215 45h Ave
SE, Le Mars. The telephone number is 712-546-8760. Contact
the Plymouth County 911 System Administrator if you do not
know your address, or you are building a house or moving a
You will not be able to receive
telephone service or utilities (mail, water, gas, etc..)
until you have your official address.
The Plymouth County 911 System Administrator's duties include assigning new
addresses in Plymouth
County. All this
information is maintained in a file known as the Master Street Address Guide
(MSAG). The 911 System Administrator coordinates all addressing changes,
via the MSAG, with all local telephone providers. Plymouth County 911
System Administrator also performs all of the Global Positioning (GPS) and
Geographic Information System (GIS, Electronic Mapping) functions associated
with the 911/Dispatch environment.
Plymouth County's Addressing
Guidelines meet's State and Federal (Postal Service, N.E.N.A) addressing
Even if you receive mail at a P.O. Box you must have a 911 address.
If you live inside the city limits of any Plymouth County City,
it is the city's responsibility to assign the address.
Contact the appropriate city clerks office for your address
if you live inside a city limits.
Address Posting Standards
As important as it is to have a unified standard for
assigning address numbers, it is also necessary to provide guidelines for the
display of your assigned address number. All residences and most structures in
County have been assigned a locatable
address with a road name and a house number. Whenever you place a call to
911 your phone number, name, house number and road name appear on the 911
dispatchers screen and location on the digital map. From this and information
that you give the dispatcher as to the nature of your emergency the 911
dispatchers sends emergency units to your location to assist.
1. All structures with a designated address should display their assigned
address numbers. The assigned number should be displayed on the address marker
that was provided by the 911 Board to the property owner. It is very
important that these address posts remain in a uniform location throughout
County so that responding
agencies know in what general location to look for an address. Property
owners who elect to remove, replace, re-position the sign post do so at their
own risk; the Plymouth County 911 Board advises these individuals to
CALL by dialing 811 before doing
2. Number at the Road Line: Any posted number at the road should be
placed high enough to not be obscured by snow, tall grass or weeds. If you
would like assistance in moving your address marker to a different location,
please the Plymouth County 911 System Administrator at 712-546-8760
3. Size and Color of Number: In Plymouth County the address markers consist of a
steel blade overlaid with blue reflective material, and white reflective
numbers. The blade is attached to a 6 foot aluminum post that is placed 2
fee into the ground.
owner responsibility: Every person whose duty is to
display the assigned number should remove any different
number that might be mistaken for, or confused with, the
number assigned to the property.
should call 9-1-1 whenever you need to report a crime, need police assistance,
or need fire or immediate medical assistance.
You should NOT call
To report power or cable outages,
unless downed wires
present a hazard.
about community events, for directions, or for information (phone numbers, time,
9-1-1 is a system that provides the caller's phone number and address to the
emergency dispatcher when dialing 9-1-1. The emergency operator will still
ask you your location and phone number as a precaution. Some phones,
especially cellular and some apartment private exchanges, may not provide this
information to the emergency operator.
hang-up call is received by the emergency operator on a 9-1-1 line, a phone call
will be made to the number that it came from to try to determine if there is a
problem. If there is no answer, or a suspicious response, the police will
be dispatched to the location. Often these calls occur when programming
emergency numbers into phones or when children play with the phone.
assist Fire and Police personnel in locating you, make sure that your house
numbers are clearly visible from the street. Paint the numbers a
contrasting color and make sure that they are illuminated at night.
address and phone number posted near each phone so that in an
emergency the information is available. It is easy for a
person to mix up or not remember these numbers in an emergency.
If you are calling from a cellular phone, try to verify the
location of the problem that you are calling about. Give
the emergency operator your cellular and your home phone number.