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Emergency Management Division

Kathleen Rich
Emergency Management Planner

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As with all communities in Michigan, Canton is subject to natural, technical and human-related hazards. These hazards have the potential to threaten life, health and safety, as well as impact the quality of life, property, environment and infrastructure.

The Canton Emergency Management Division is responsible for providing a number of services to the community including:

  • Emergency planning to effectively prepare for, mitigate for, respond to, and recover from large scale emergencies and disasters.
  • Maintain an emergency operations center that can be activated 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to serve as a central location for direction and control of an incident.
  • Maintain databases to procure needed resources in an emergency.
  • Coordination of public education campaigns to prepare the public for emergency events.
  • Provide emergency public information to the public in an emergency.
  • Coordinate with volunteer organizations to provide severe weather response.
  • Maintain and operate a township-wide early warning siren system comprised of 16 outdoor sirens to warn the public of emergency events. Map of siren locations & coverage (file size 48kb)
  • Whether you are a resident, public official, Canton employee or businessperson, your commitment to teamwork and participation is important when handling any emergency situation. Everyone in the community has a role to play in making the outcome a success. Team together before the next disaster occurs. This would be an excellent opportunity to meet your neighbors and work with your neighborhood association to help each other in planning for emergency situations.

    If an event should occur, stay tuned to your local radio, television and cable channel, and read the local paper for additional updates, information and upcoming public meetings. We will also post important information on Canton's home Web page.

    Please consider the preparedness suggestions and recommendations contained on our Web site and www.ready.gov, and take action, beginning with your own household. Most of the information contained on this Web site can be downloaded or is available in pamphlet form from the Office of Emergency Management. Please call 734-394-5357 if you would like this information sent to your home or business.