There are other problems: My wife has a credit check service, and we were informed of a status change in a credit report. It showed that we had moved, which can negatively affect credit ratings. Then, another of her insurance accounts showed up with a changed address. We have changes in credit and reporting status being made without our knowledge or agreement. This seems to me to be a golden opportunity for credit fraud and identity theft. Opening an account at a non-existent address is a fairly standard ploy.
Then there is the question of expenses and inconvenience involved for people who are changed unnecessarily. At the very least, you would have to get a new driver's license, with all the associated harassment with multiple forms of identification -- all for a different address -- then ditto for vehicle registrations. Throw in the cost of changing any inlaid or engraved house number plaques and street address identifiers.
And for any small businesses, throw away all your preprinted business cards, letterheads and forms. The cost per home will be at least hundreds of dollars, if not more. Multiply this number by thousands of people who are being affected. Who will cover this? Will the county allow this cost to be taken off our property taxes? Not likely.
In defense of the Putnam County Commission, I will say they have tried to be helpful. I spoke with Troy Andes who followed up with the OES. I then received a notice from OES that our address would not be changing -- but the post office, PSD and various other financial organizations were given information saying otherwise. To say this is chaos is a serious understatement. Everyone we spoke with pointed at the office next door -- the buck stops anywhere but here.
As I said, there is a definite need to properly identify homes and businesses for emergency responders, and to minimize chances of confusion and misdirection. But any changes should reduce errors, not introduce the probability of more. Or, the first law of mechanics: If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
McKinney lives at Hurricane.