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Anfahrpunkt HP 108.jpg
Sign number which can be used to define you current position in case of an emergency Edit or translate this description.
Group: Emergency
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations
Useful combination
Status: approvedPage for proposal


For areas which are hard to access, like woods or waterways, some countries offer a network of emergency access points. In case of an emergency you can call the emergency telephone number of the country and report the ID signposted on one of those access points. According to the ID you have given, the operator knows not only your exact location without the need of a description of yours, but sees further information like nearby helipads, access notes etc.

Some of these signs also offer a special phone number which should be called instead of the country's emergency number.

How to map

Tags applied to nodes.

Using the tags highway=emergency_access_point and ref=* with the reference number / ID on the sign.

Additional tags if given / known are emergency_telephone_code=* with the phone number on the sign, operator=* with the operator, and name=* with the name of the sign.


Photo Remarks
National Grid location marker for emergency location on a snowmobile trail. (27294300979).jpg
In the United States, some local governments have deployed standardized location markers using USNG Emergency Location Markers (ELM’s).
Emergency access point ap 2594.jpg
red: literally "rescue point"
black: reference ID
green: name "Waldparkplatz"
black,small: district "Revier Nauendorf", operator "Forstamt Bad Berka"
Rescue Point CZ.jpg
Rescue point sign in the Czech Republic, with Czech and English text

See also

Some mappers are using emergency=access_point to map this feature.

Related terms: ‹ emergency access point ›