B-SAFE (Blue Signs Are For Emergencies) Dock Numbering Program

Working with first responders from the four towns surrounding the lake, as well as the New Jersey State Police, lakefront properties were assigned a unique dock number, or “lake address,” which is linked to the 9-1-1 street address. Lakefront property owners may voluntarily purchase and post a B-SAFE 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. The signs can help emergency personnel efficiently respond by land or water.

The attractive, weatherproof aluminum signs measure 8” x 16” and are blue with white reflective numbers. The signs do not contain any personal information. Simply mount your sign using the pre-drilled holes to your dock, boathouse, post or tree. The final dock sign order for 2017 has been placed with the sign maker.  We will resume taking orders on this page in the spring of 2018. Thank you for your interest and support in this important safety initiative.


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

Download B-SAFE Dock Numbering Map

If you find this program beneficial, please consider becoming a member of the Lake Hopatcong Foundation. Membership dollars help us to continue and expand our programming and initiatives (like this dock numbering program). The easiest way to support us is to do so online and choose reoccurring gift. Consider giving us a monthly donation of $5 or $10. With this type of sustainable giving, we can guarantee that things run smoothly. Your donation makes you a member of the Lake Hopatcong Foundation for the full 12 months after it is processed. Become a member today.