By Alicia Neaves
MIDLAND COUNTY - If you're a resident in Midland County and you dial 911, be prepared to wait a while for emergency crews if you haven't registered your address yet.
Fire officials warn that if you live in the county and you haven't registered your address with 911, it makes it harder for them to find your home. Which could mean the difference between life and death.
"Seconds do count in an emergency," Midland Fire Marshal, David Hickman, said.
Last week alone, 87 property owners registered their address with the Midland 911 District. 13 in the county and 74 within city limits. Many still remain unregistered.
"It's very important that you have a valid address so the fire department can be able to identify you and find you if there's any emergency," Hickman said.
Although you might think your home is easy to find, it's better to be safe than sorry.
"The Midland Fire Department serves the entire county so there are some areas in the county that have been problematic in the past," Hickman said.
Fire officials also recommend you to leave a callback number with 911. That way, if responders can't find you, they can call you back. They also suggest you place your house number on a contrasting background, especially if they're out at night.
Primitivo Saenz, a Midland County resident, says he registered his home when his family moved to the county 11 years ago.
"If we need authorities for anything, if someone's sick, if someone decides to rob us, we're ready. We're all set," Saenz said.