Statewide Addressing and Mapping
Why Map and Address?
• Every citizen in West Virginia benefits from this project
• All levels of government benefit
• Promote Economic Development
• Improve Delivery Services
• Improve Infrastructure and Utilities
• Homeland Security
• TO SAVE LIVES
In 1999 Congressman Rahall organized a meeting between several 911 directors and the West Virginia congressional delegation to discuss the development of a Statewide Addressing and Mapping project. At this time a committee was appointed to develop the project and Verizon WV agreed to fund it through their new Incentive Regulation Plan (IRP) with the West Virginia Public Service Commission.
In 2001 the Statewide Addressing and Mapping Board (WVSAMB) was established with the passage of legislation introduced by the West Virginia E-911 Council, Senate Bill 460
. Then, in 2007, House Bill 2525
was passed and the board received an additional three years to complete their work pursuant to the provisions of article ten, chapter four of the WV code
Since 2008 the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) has been the home of the statewide addressing and mapping project. The division plays a key role in the E-911 addressing and database development by providing vital resources and support to counties and municipalities through the production of cartographic output that supports additional field work and field edits.
Presently, some counties are working on completing the addressing and mapping project while others are in a maintenance mode, which allows them to continuously update and provide the latest information to DHSEM.