E911 helping assure accurate Alcorn census

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – The 2010 census, set for official kickoff Monday, will have the most accurate count possible for Alcorn County through extra effort by E911 staff, the agency’s director told supervisors recently.
The number of people who have dropped land lines at their residences and only use cell phones has made locating them more difficult, said E911 Director Teresa Burns.
Burns is a member of Corinth and Alcorn County’s Local Complete Count Committee, which will hold a kickoff event Monday.

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Individuals will be at Walmart from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., handing out census literature and giving away hot dogs and soft drinks.
Using reports from census field workers who were unable to locate many addresses throughout Alcorn County – including her own – Burns said her department is working on another canvas of the county.
“The situation is also complicated by the fact that people use post office boxes and don’t put their 911 address number up,” Burns said. She said there needs to be some method to force more people throughout the county to comply with the 911 address posting requirement.
The supervisors voted to pay for two temporary workers, both with emergency services backgrounds who have been out in the field looking for addresses, to help revisit addresses which could not be located during an earlier field visit.
“We need Alcorn County people to apply for the census jobs, especially people with emergency services experience,” Burns said. “People in the 911 office have been so focused on this. We’re going to get an accurate county for Alcorn County this year.”

Contact Lena Mitchell at (662) 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@djournal.com.