Farm 911 – Emily Project
In May 2021, the Emily Project was endorsed by Council in Haldimand County and a marketing program, which informs rural property owners about the benefits of applying for civic addresses for existing vacant agricultural and rural lands, will be implemented.
This project was inspired by a young girl named Emily Trudeau, who tragically passed away after being involved in an on-farm accident in Hastings County, Ontario. First responders had difficulties finding her on-farm location due to a lack of 911 signage at the farm’s entrance. To help prevent future tragedies a community group called Farm 911 formed to advocate for 911 signage at the entrance of vacant farm fields. This program recognizes that farm accidents can and do occur in remote locations away from farm buildings or residences often making it difficult for first responders to easily identify the exact location of the individual in distress. The Farm 911 – Emily Project was developed with the belief that a civic address at the entrance to a vacant farm field could make a significant difference in the time it takes to locate someone during an emergency. The program’s objectives are as follows:
- Create a unified system for acquiring 911 signs across all municipalities.
- Persuade municipalities to offer the signs as a service to their community.
- Encourage rural landowners to use the service.
- Establish a partnership with local agri-businesses who will support the program.
- Develop resources to teach property owners how to contact emergency services efficiently.
- Promote the program through digital, print, and social media.
Additional information regarding the project can be found at www.farm911.ca.
Staff are currently working to implement this program and will have participation information available shortly.