BANCROFT, W.Va. -- Wayne Asbury said he's not moving the decorative rock his daughter bought him. It sits along his driveway and displays the numbers of his street address.
Well, what used to be his street address.
"Everything worked just fine until two days ago when I got this letter," said Asbury, 74, of Bancroft.
About 500 people in Hometown and Bancroft were the first to receive letters from the Putnam County Office of Emergency Services notifying them they have a new address to comply with federal guidelines.
Asbury's address has changed from 503 Washington Street to 397 Washington Street.
"My neighbor is 244. If they come here looking for 397 and come by house 244, they won't know where to go," he said.
While the changes might not appear to make sense, they'll make things easier for emergency responders, said Jason Owens, deputy director of Putnam 911.
"So many roads in this county are a lot we know of, like Route 12, we know that's around Route 60 and around Lakeside Elementary, but at other times we don't have any clue," Owens said. "That's when we have to go off prior calls or ask people where they live -- that's not how 911 should be. We should know exactly where it is if someone calls, or at least down to a couple hundred feet."
Address changes have been made in most parts of the county, but officials are waiting for the U.S. Postal Service to approve the other changes.
Around 2005, county 911 officials were charged with figuring out how to make sure when someone needed help they had a physical address known to emergency dispatchers.
But, "Last year, I called 911 to take me to the hospital and they found me all right," Asbury said.
Still, some residents in Putnam County can be harder to locate, Owens said.