Farm 911 & Civic Addressing

In the event of an emergency, no one should have to wait helplessly for first responders to find them. Time is everthing, and a civic address at the entrance of a vacant farm field could make all the difference.

The United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) and the Township of Russell are proud to support the Farm 911 Emily Project, which encourages agricultural landowners to have civic addresses assigned to vacant land entrances.

Farm accidents can occur in remote locations on a rural property – often kilometres away from the nearest residence – making it challenging for first responders to access the emergency. By having a civic address assigned to every farm property entrance, a 911 roadside sign can be installed, helping first responders to more easily locate the entrance in the event of an emergency.

When a homeowner acquires a building permit, they also receive a 911 location sign; however, many of our farmers’ fields are located at a distance from the house. Putting up 911 signs on farm laneways and entrances provides more accurate locations to our first responders.

The Farm 911 Emily Project was created as the result of a tragic fatal farm accident, in which seven-year-old Emily Trudeau lost her life on a rural property in Tweed, Ontario. Emergency crews were called to the scene, but first responders were unable to locate the exact location, due to lack of address. Although they were eventually flagged down on the roadside, Emily unfortunately suffered traumatic injuries and later passed away in hospital.

This project is critical to improving emergency response in a rural area like Prescott and Russell. The Township of Russell encourages property owners to inquire about the program and to apply for these civic addresses and signs by filling out and submitting the form below. 

Farm 911 & Civic Addressing Form
Submit form by email 
or drop off at 717 Notre-Dame Street, Embrun, ON. 

Contact Claire Roy by email or at 613-443-3066 x2301. 
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