MUSKEGON, Mich. - The first of the big numbered signs were placed at Muskegon's Pere Marquette Beach last summer. The beach is two miles long. The massive signs are there to help visitors direct police to emergencies at the beach.

On a hot day, the beach attracts thousands of visitors from near and far. Without the area signs many of those visitors wouldn't know how to property direct police to the location of an emergency.

Police ask beach-goers to know their area number and provide it to 911. Dispatchers will use that number to direct police to the exact location saving time.

The city of Muskegon Parks Department recently installed nine additional locational markers along Beach Street from the water filtration plants toward the dog beach.

"The locational markers we installed last year helped improve response time to 911 calls at Pere Marquette Beach. In water emergencies, minutes count. These markers will help save lives,” said Chief Lewis.

The 16 large markers have white numbers on a red background and are posted on top of poles so they will be visible from the beach and the road. Easily visible signs make it easy for 911 callers to let emergency responders know exactly where the incident is, Lewis said.

The markers can also be part of a family’s emergency plan. “A family can select one of these markers as a meet up location in the event a child becomes separated from the group,” said Lewis

A new cell tower is also being built at the city's water filtration plant. That will result in more reliable cell signal to reach 911 and report emergencies.

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