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WHITMIRE — At the request and approval of the Whitmire Town Council, 911 addressing for the town of Whitmire is complete and residents will begin receiving letters this week indicating their new address under the Enhanced 911 addressing system.

All residences in the town of Whitmire will get a new address unless the residence was re-addressed during the county’s re-addressing program in 1995. Some will only change the house number, while others will see their street name and house number change.

Also, several addresses not in the town limits had to be changed to be consistent with the new addresses for the town limits.

The readdressing was important for the town and residents because of the numerous problems with the current addressing system. There was no logical flow to any of the house numbers and some street names were used more than once. In one case, the same street name was used in four different locations, which made it difficult for first responders to find those in need of assistance.

The town has been readdressed using a mileage based system. This will allow for a much faster response from public safety and provide a logical numbering system for the entire town.

Residents should begin using the new address beginning Oct. 16. If mail is received at this location, the U.S. Postal Service will continue to deliver mail to the old address for one year. Also during this time, the old address should be removed from the property and the new address displayed.

For rental property, it is the responsibility of the owner to notify the tenant of the new address within the 30-day period as well as display the address. If the resident is a tenant and the landlord has not advised them of their new address within the next couple weeks, it would be advisable to contact the landlord for their new address.

The Newberry County E911 Addressing and Administration Office will notify the town of Whitmire and the other departments within the county as well as some outside agencies of the conversion of addresses. For all other correspondents the property owners and/or tenants should notify the appropriate parties of the address change.

Some common notifications the owner/tenant should notify include family and friends, subscriptions, bank and credit card accounts, mortgage and insurance companies, schools, doctors, pharmacies, cell phone companies, DOT, utility companies, and any other personal or businesses that is used.

This information will be made available to GPS providers, but it is not known when maps will be updated with the addresses and street names.

Contact Whitmire Town Hall at 803-694-2356 or the Newberry County Addressing Staff at 803-321-2182 for more information.

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