9-1-1 Education

April is 9-1-1 Education Month

How does 9-1-1 Work?

  • You call 911
  • The Telephone Company routes your call to the 911 Communications Center (also known as a Public Safety Answering Point or PSAP), which is staffed by trained telecommunicators
  • A telecommunicator begins gathering information about the emergency
  • Often while one telecommunicator is gathering information about the Emergency, another telecommunicator dispatches responders
  • A telecommunicator continues to gather information from callers
  • Telecommunicators update responders with information from callers after responders have been dispatched
Help Us Help You: Your Guide to Calling 9-1-1 Emergency Services


•Post your address clearly and prominently in a location easily visible from the street
  • -Use numbers that contrast with the background and can be seen at day or night and visible from all directions. Reflective materials are highly recommended.
  • -All address characters and numbers shall be at least 4 inches in height unless they are reflective in which case they may be as small as 3 inches in height.
  • -Numbers may be placed vertically and read from top to bottom or horizontally and read from left to right.
  • -Consideration should be made in regard to visibility to seasonal changes and landscaping.
  • -For buildings which are not easily visible from the street the address should also be posted at the end of the drive way in addition to the signage on the building, or all access points for multi-unit buildings.
  • -Following these guidelines is required by the Routt County Addressing Policy and will ensure first responders are not left wondering if they are at the right location.

• Confirm your Official County or City assigned address
  • -Routt County GIS provides a publicly available web map that shows the official address for all addressed properties in Routt County and can be accessed using the link below:
  • Routt County Interactive Map
  • If your address is not displayed on the map, or if additional confirmation is required, please contact the Routt County GIS department at 970-870-5465. For addresses within City of Steamboat Springs please contact Mary Schuette at 970-871-8261.