Schoharie County has addressed the entire county to a city-style 9-1-1 address. This conversion
will allow emergency services to better serve the community.
The Schoharie County 911 Task Force adopted the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) standards for addressing
and numbering. This numbering system is based on a city-style format, with odd numbers on the left side, and even
numbers on the right. All roads are generally numbered from south to north, west to east. Roads connecting to other
counties may be opposite. A number was established every 53 feet, whether there was a structure or not. This will
allow for growth in the future. In addition to the number, a latitude, longitude and elevation were established
for each resident.
The US Postal Service, in partnership with Schoharie County, worked closely with the Task Force to make the transition
as smooth as possible.
The 9-1-1 Addressing Team requested some road name changes within the county. There cannot be the same road name
within zip code or emergency response area. The Team also reviewed road names in the emergency response area as
well as surrounding emergency response areas and requested changes where there could be some confusion. Every attempt
was made for a road to have just one name, even when it crosses Town boundaries.
In an effort for uniformity, the 9-1-1 Addressing Team also requested the Towns and Villages to take the lead in
naming all Private Roads. This DOES NOT mean they will take ownership or maintenance of these roads. This is just
an avenue to have one governing body review future names to avoid duplications or confusing names. The County 911
funds has purchased all signs needed for 911 Addressing.
All residents should be using their new address and Posting their numbers. This transition can cause some confusion
for Emergency Responders. Residents NEED to TAKE DOWN their OLD numbers and PUT UP their NEW NUMBERS.
REMEMBER, 9-1-1 is for EMERGENCIES ONLY. Only call if you want an IMMEDIATE
response of a FIRE TRUCK, AMBULANCE OR LAW ENFORCEMENT.
If you call 9-1-1 by mistake, stay on the line. Also, caution children NOT to call 9-1-1 just to see if it works,
a Police Officer will respond to the scene of all hang up calls to determine if you have an emergency.