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RESPONDERS ON LAKE ANNA NEED THE PUBLIC'S HELP
For the past three years, Lake Anna Civic Association’s
Emergency Services Committee has met quarterly to identify ways
police, fire and rescue, and the Coast Guard Auxiliary can improve
communication and coordination among first responders in handling
emergencies on Lake Anna. The committee also includes representatives
from the Lake Anna State Park, Dominion Power, the Lake Anna Business
Partnership and the Lake Anna Chamber of Commerce. The group’s
main goal is to keep Lake Anna a safe boating environment for
all its users.
Here’s the specific problem:
Visiting and even resident boaters on Lake Anna who experience
an emergency are often challenged to provide 911 emergency call
takers with an accurate description of their location on the water.
Critical time can be lost finding a victim who is “near
some docks” or “at the islands.”
The more you are on the water, the more familiar
you become with landmarks such as marinas, the power plant, the
dam, the state park, “the splits” where the North
Anna and Pamunkey Rivers meet, restaurants, bridges, common areas
and dikes. Every boater--every passenger--should be familiar with
their surroundings at all times and be able to describe their
location in the event of an emergency situation. That requires
a different mind set than what typical boaters have when they
are out for an enjoyable day on the water. It requires a Boat
Smart and Think Safety mentality.
On our major roadways, there are markers posted every tenth of
a mile to help drivers give their location to 911.
We have had nothing comparable to that on the water—until
now. The committee has proposed using dock signs to
help serve as location markers for emergencies.
Dock signs would function as a water based 911 address. Most waterfront
property owners have a dock, and almost all communities have a
common area, so we are asking the Lake Anna community to help
with this public safety initiative.
Your response has already been positive and productive.
Since last July, there are 150 more location markers on docks
around Lake Anna!
The more dock signs, the more exact information someone in trouble
can provide 911 call takers, the sooner appropriate resources
can be sent to help and the faster first responders
Here’s how it works:
1) Go to LACA’s website at www.lakeannavirginia.org
to download an application for a dock sign.
2) Enclose a check for $16.00 to Rainbow Graphics in Mineral.
That price includes a 8” x16” yellow aluminum sign
with black vinyl lettering that will be mailed to you once the
dock number is assigned and the sign fabricated. Suggestions on
installation and who to call if you have questions are on the
3) Your application is then forwarded to Louisa County Fire Chief
Keith Greene who has agreed to verify the latitude/longitude of
your street address. Your dock sign includes the following information
for 911 purposes: County, Up or Down lake, and three randomly
For example: LD
001 says this location is in Louisa
County and it is Down lake (from the 208 bridge.)
001 tells the 9-1-1 operator the specific street address
of that dock sign.
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