(NORTHUMBERLAND, ON) – One call for service that is common to all corners of Ontario is to help locate people that have become lost or stranded due to physical injury or mechanical breakdowns while in areas they may or may not be familiar with.


Northumberland County is home to a wonderful and diverse environment where we can enjoy the outdoors, both on land and water. Should you encounter a situation where you require assistance, by following a few tips, you can greatly increase your odds of receiving timely assistance in the event of an emergency:


  • Research the area and plan a route. 
  • Tell someone where you are going and when you will be back.
  • Check the weather forecast and wear appropriate clothing for the weather and terrain. 
  • Bring more food and water than you think you’ll need. 
  • Pack the sunscreen (and use it when needed).
  • Take a fully charged cell phone with you. If the idea is to disconnect, leave the phone off, and activate it when needed.   
  • Have an app on your smart device, such as what3words app that can pinpoint your location in an emergency.


The Northumberland OPP has released a video showing the impact what3words what3words can have in locating someone safely. The video is available on OPP Central Region’s Twitter and Facebook page:


Twitter: Twitter video - what3words

Facebook: Facebook video - what3words



Enjoy the outdoors and be prepared for the unexpected!
Residents are reminded that while most of the outdoor spaces in Northumberland are open and accessible to the pubic, the Ganaraska Forest will remain closed until the end of September 2022 due to the damage caused by the derecho storm in May 2022. For more information, please visit https://www.grca.on.ca/


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Media Contact

Provincial Constable Robert Simpson

Northumberland OPP Detachment

905 373 2139




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