This is the eleventh of 12 posts in our A Laker’s Dozen: 12 “Sweet” LHF Achievements from 2016 series – reflecting on and celebrating 2016 and the Lake Hopatcong Community.
In 2016, the foundation launched the Lake Hopatcong B-SAFE (Blue Signs Are for Emergencies) Dock Numbering Program which aims to improve emergency response times and safety on the lake.
We would like to thank those homeowners who participated in this important safety initiative. The original goal was to have 25% of lakefront properties order a dock number. We are thrilled to report that our goal was surpassed with more than 600 of the nearly 2,000 lake-front homes (or 31%) participating this year. We will begin taking dock number orders on our website again early in the spring.
We would also like to thank the first responders from the four towns surrounding the lake as well as the New Jersey State Police for partnering with us on this project. A very heartfelt thank you to our Dock Number Volunteer Project Leader Linda Karpiak and her fantastic team of volunteers for all of their hard work and dedication on this project. And finally, a special thanks to those who helped install over 50 signs for homeowners who needed assistance.
Dock Numbering Program Background
Working with first responders from the four towns surrounding the lake as well as the New Jersey State Police, a plan was developed with the intent of improving emergency response times and safety on Lake Hopatcong. Volunteers from Jefferson and Hopatcong Fire Departments assigned all lakefront properties a unique dock number or “lake address”, which is linked to the 9-1-1 street address. Lakefront property owners could voluntarily purchase and post a sign with their dock number where it can be easily seen from the water. If an emergency occurs, an accurate location can be reported using the nearest dock number as a reference point, assisting emergency personnel to effectively respond by land or water.
The numbering system goes in sequential order around the lake, with the east shore having numbers in the 1000s, the west shore having numbers in the 2000s, north of Brady Bridge in the 3000s, and the islands having 4000s. In addition, each sign has a letter that indicates which town the dock is in (Hopatcong, Jefferson, Mt. Arlington, or Roxbury). A map of the numbering is below, or download a PDF here. The weatherproof aluminum signs are blue with white reflective numbers and measure 8” x 16”. The signs do not contain any personal information and are can be mounted to docks, boathouses, posts or trees.
How the Program Works:
- If an emergency occurs on the water, ice or land CALL 9-1-1
- Locate the nearest dock sign and provide the number to the 9-1-1 operator
- Emergency resources will be sent to your location
- Landowners can report a water emergency and the 9-1-1 operator will be able to translate the street address to a water location
- Your posted number will provide an easy way for friends to locate your dock
How You Can Help:
- If you haven’t picked up your dock number sign which you ordered, please contact us (973-663-2500) as soon as possible to arrange pick up.
- If you are interested in ordering a dock number, please visit this page in the Spring when we will begin taking orders again for additional dock numbers.
Look for the twelfth post in our A Laker’s Dozen: 12 “Sweet” LHF Achievements from 2016 series on the completion of the water quality improvement grant (319(h)) from NJDEP next week!