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Emergency Management: What is it?

Emergency Management is the organization and management of resources and responsibilities for dealing with all humanitarian aspects of emergencies—preparedness, response, and recovery—in order to reduce the harmful effects of all hazards, including disasters.

The adage, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure…” is more than a phrase in Emergency Management - it's a paramount philosophy.  First and foremost, have a plan.  Communicate your plan to your business/family. Test your plan. Review and make changes to your plan. 

The Canton Local Emergency Operations Plan (LEOP) is updated each year with input from the Police Department, Fire Department, First Selectmen’s Office, Chief Administrative Officer, Fire Marshal, Public Works Department, Finance Department, Community & Recreational Services Department, School Department and the Farmington Valley Health Department. The LEOP not only describes the roles and duties of Town resources, but it also outlines the concept of managing and coordinating large-scale emergency operations. The main goals are to establish plans and procedures for the operation of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), to establish provisions for obtaining, analyzing, and reporting operational information to support decision-making in the EOC and to establish communications and coordination with adjacent local governments and the State government.

The plan consists of a number of annexes that include: Direction & Control, Communications, Warning, Emergency Public Information, Evacuation, Shelter/Mass Care, Health & Medical, Resource Management, Situation Reporting, Joint Federal/State/Local Preliminary Damage Assessment, Hazardous Materials Emergency Response, Terrorism & Weapons of Mass Destruction. The plan is reviewed annually by Town staff and changes or modifications are forwarded to the CT Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.

Who is your Emergency Management team? 

The Town of Canton’s Emergency Management Team is made up of the elected and administrative town leaders, municipal department heads, and key volunteer organizations and business partners. 

Specifically, this group includes the First Selectman, Chief Administrative Officer, Emergency Management Director, Chief of Police, Fire Chief, Finance Officer, Fire Marshall, Director of Public Works, Director of Senior and Social Services, Town Clerk, representatives from Canton Public Schools, and  Canton Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

What should Canton Residents Do?

Canton residents are urged to educate themselves on emergency preparedness by visiting the various links within this website. Your safety will depend on being alert, knowing what to do, when to stay in your home and when to go to a shelter, what to do with your family pet, and how to get up-to-date information on the emergency.

Please take the time to familiarize yourself with the helpful information so you can start preparing your family for an emergency should one come.