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911 Dock Signs Required

March 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

This year, starting January 1st 2010, a new Missouri state law was put into effect requiring all Lake of the Ozarks dock owners to post the 911 address of the property along with some other information. The requirement to post property address will help emergency responders from land locate the exact spot on the lake. Additionally, for those boaters unfamiliar with the lake being able to see a street name from the water might help them have a better understanding of where they are while exploring the lake’s many coves.

From the Missouri State Water Patrol press release…

The new law affects docks on Lake of the Ozarks and all Missouri lakes managed by the United States Army Corps of Engineers.  The law states that “the appropriate ’911′ address or in the absence of a ’911′ system, the physical address nearest to the dock by land,” must be posted.  It is suggested that the sign be posted so that it is visible when looking at the dock from the water.  The Missouri State Water Patrol recommends a minimum of three inch letters be used when posting addresses on docks.  For maximum visibility, the address should be in a color that contrasts with the backing.  Reflective paint or material is preferred for the lettering.[Original Press Release]

There are several businesses around the lake offering to print your sign for a small fee. However, it is acceptable to create your own sign using supplies that can be found at most hardware stores.

An example of the new 911 Dock Signs to be posted can be found at the AmerenUE website, and seen in the image below.

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