Canton Board of Selectmen and School Committee have created the Home Town Security Task Force. This multi-disciplined group includes elected and appointed Town Officials. The group continues to meet regularly. The group’s collective goal is to further evaluate, plan, prepare, train and enhance the town’s ability to respond to any potential emergency situation, which may arise. The Town of Canton has a Comprehensive Emergency Management Response Plan in place and recently updated in 1999. This plan has been developed and updated in cooperation with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and includes a terrorist response component. The town continues to operate its police and fire agencies via an Incident Command System, which ensures rapid and effective response to any type of emergency.
The task force continues its efforts to evaluate school and municipal resources/locations on a town-wide basis to ensure proper protocol, equipment and necessary resources are available to augment current emergency response resources. The task force also is overseeing the ongoing training of school and municipal personnel. The task force efforts include the incorporation of the Safe Schools Initiative requirements. The Safe Schools Initiative has been ongoing for the last two years. This effort has led to a significantly improved safety environment for Canton school children.
The Town will continue to use all available communication methods available to communicate information to the general public as needed. Some examples of these communication devices would be special broadcasts on Cable Television, Internet, radio, and other print media.
Any information the public may have concerning a potential or actual terrorist incident should report it immediately to the Canton Police Department, for emergency (non cell phone) dial 911 or other non emergency contacts call 781-828-1212. During any suspected potential or actual event that is criminal in nature, the Canton Chief of Police has been designated by the Board of Selectmen as the Town’s official spokesperson. This designation will ensure continuity regarding both receiving and disseminating information.
The Town of Canton is prepared in the unlikely event it is necessary to open a shelter facility as well as an emergency operation center (EOC) facilities. The primary shelter facility would be located at the Canton High School, 900 Washington Street.
The Town’s Emergency Operation Center is located at the Canton Fire Headquarters, 99 Revere Street. The town has routinely, during weather emergencies, opened these facilities for the public safety and emergency purposes.