Volunteers in six neighborhoods are uniting to address one common problem – a lack of address
numbers on properties. The six neighborhoods, Gifford Park, Joslyn Castle, Clairmont Heights, Ford
Birthsite and Miller Park-Minne Lusa and Park East, found that they all share this problem after
participating in Omaha Neighborhood Scan during the past year.
Omaha Neighborhood Scan, a joint effort between the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the City of
Omaha, found from data collected in the six neighborhoods scanned, that more than 12 percent of
properties did not have an address posted. In the Park East neighborhood, which has many vacant and
parking lots, this figure increased to more than 30 percent.
The primary purpose of the Address It Now! campaign is to significantly reduce the proportion of
properties without any posted legal address numbers in the six participating neighborhoods. The
project also has two secondary purposes: to increase the use of posted property addresses in the rear
of homes or buildings along alleyways and to increase the use of front and rear lights in the
participating neighborhoods to illuminate property addresses and provide security lighting. Click here to read the press release.
Address it now!
Each year, needless loss of lives and property occurs because emergency personnel are slowed down as a result of poorly-marked address numbers.
In an emergency, when every minute is crucial, a delay trying to locate a house could mean the difference between life and death.
|Problem. Numbers were painted over; they are camouflaged.||Problem. Numbers are smaller than 4" tall|
|Problem. Number is missing from the address.||
No problem. Numbers are not missing, they are taller than 4" and they are not camouflaged.
Make your home or business address visible from the street:
|1. Use numbers at least 4 inches high with a minimum stroke width of 0.5 inch. Most numbers bought at a hardware store fit this description.|
|2. Use numbers that contrast the color of your home or business. Never paint over your house numbers – it camouflages them.|
|3. Ensure that trees or shrubs do not block the view of your numbers; trim back as necessary.|
|4. Provide lighting to numbers during evening hours to ensure visibility. A porch light costs pennies per night to operate, and it illuminates your address numbers. It may even keep burglars and thieves away.|
|5. Numbers should not be located on curbs or step risers. Snow, leaves or vehicles could obscure the numbers.|
|6. Homeowners that have alleys to the rear of the property may want to consider numbers on a fence or garage. The police may find it necessary to approach your home from the alley in an emergency.|
|7. Check to see if your numbers are indeed visible every three months, by viewing them from the middle of your street.|
Click here for a copy of the campaign postcard.