CANTON FAMILY EMERGENCY PLANNING GUIDELINES
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SHELTER IN PLACE - HURRICANE
HOT WEATHER ADVISORY
MASS 211 EMERGENCY WEBSITE
EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBERS:
Life Threatening Emergencies (Call in order) Fallen
Trees. Limbs, etc. (Call in order)
||1. 781 821-5023
(Dept. of Public Works)
|2. 781 828-1313
||2. 781 821-5090
|3. 781 821-5090
||3. 781 575-6626
Electrical Power Problems (Call in order) Utilities,
Water, Gas & Phone
(Dept. of Public Works)
(Bay State Gas Company)
(Verizon Telephone Company)
General Inquiries or Information call:
781-575-6626 (Emergency Management)
KNOW THE LOCATION OF THE NEAREST FIRE ALARM BOX AND HOW TO
(FIRE ALARM BOXES MAY BE USED FOR ANY EMERGENCY, NOT JUST
DO NOT CALL POLICE OR FIRE DEPARTMENTS TO INQUIRE
ABOUT SCHOOL CLOSINGS.
During hurricanes, blizzards, floods, natural or manmade
disasters, trees, limbs and power lines are likely to come down.
To help keep you as safe as possible, check the following and be
Working flashlight (extra batteries) Car gas tank full
Portable radio (extra batteries) Supply of canned foods
WBZ - 1300 on AM dial or Cable 8 First Aid supplies
For local news Fresh water in containers
Matches or lighters Ice in cooler to preserve refrigerated
food in cooler
Charge any batteries you may need including Propane or
charcoal for cooking
cellular phone Necessary Prescription Drugs
Battery Operated Smoke Detector
Stay calm. Be prepared to leave
Take in or tie down outside furniture. Listen to radio and
Bring small loose items inside Use water sparingly until all
services are restored.
Tape extra large windows.
If you are evacuating your home:
1. Turn off oil and gas burners and furnace. 2. Secure the
house when leaving.
3. Turn off electrical power at main switch 4. Take keys.
|Do not panic.
Do not use charcoal or propane for indoor cooking.
Do not touch ANY downed wires.
Do not approach problem areas unless requested
|Do not use
telephone unless necessary.
Do not go outdoors unless
Do not run generators indoors or near buildings.
Do not use flame or electrical items if gas odor is
One of the greatest hindrances in restoring services is
people sight-seeing on foot or in vehicles in problem areas.
Remember that under certain circumstances persons interfering
with emergency services to a stricken area are subject to
Things to Consider
member need electricity for life
|-If trees are
blocking your street, report it to
Department of Public Works.
wires to N-Star
-Drive cautiously and only in emergency
gas or water mains to the
respective companies. Leave house if gas is leaking
inside or nearby.
arrangements for salvaging frozen food if
power is estimated to be off over 24 hours.
N-STAR is staffed for major outages. However, in emergencies
they depend on other municipal utilities for additional help.
Because of constantly changing situations during an emergency,
it is impossible to predict accurately when service will be
restored. Therefore, it is the homeowners' responsibility to
safeguard against frozen food spoilage or other inconveniences
as the result of power loss. When power is lost, turn off or
disconnect all major appliances, pumps, etc. until power is
restored. Power will be restored on a priority basis in the
- Health Care Facilities
- Designated Shelters
- Sewer Pumping Stations
- Utilities and Town Facilities
- Individual Homes and Businesses
Police and Fire Departments
Call 911 only in emergencies involving fire, health or life
Call Emergency Management 781-575-6626 for matters relating
to shelters, evacuation, food, etc.
Department of Public Works
The clearing of fallen trees, limbs, snow, water, etc. which
obstruct vehicular traffic is the Department of Public Work's
top priority. Downed trees on town land will be removed by the
town. Disposal of downed trees and other debris on private
property is the responsibility of the homeowner and will not be
picked up by the town. Remember that depositing private debris
on town land and streets is subject to fines. The landfill is
open for operation between April 1 and November 30 - Call
The decision whether or not schools will be in session will
be made by 5:30 A.M. by the School Department. If classes are
cancelled it is broadcast periodically by radio stations WBZ
(1030 AM), WRKO-AM, WBMX-FM, WBUR, and WHDH and TV Channels WCVB,
Channel 5, WNAC Channel 7, WBZ Channel 4 and WLVI Channel 56.
DO NOT CALL POLICE OR FIRE DEPTS., OR 911 TO INQUIRE
ABOUT SCHOOL CLOSINGS.
ESSENTIAL PHONE CALLS.
-DO NOT KEEP CALLING A DEPARTMENT
YOU HAVE REPORTED A SITUATION,
UNLESS THERE IS A LIFE OR DEATH
-RESTRICT WATER AND ELECTRICITY
USAGE TO ESSENTIALS. CAPACITIES ARE
LIMITED UNTIL ALL TOWN SERVICES ARE
PATIENT AND REALIZE THAT
TIME ESTIMATES FOR RESTORING ANY
SERVICES ARE ONLY APPROXIMATE AND
BASED ON CONDITIONS AT THE TIME OF
THE ESTIMATE. IN A DEVELOPING SITUA-
TION ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN.
OFFICIALLY DESIGNATED SHELTERS:
*Galvin Middle School (GMS) *Other shelters will be opened
55 Pecunit Street announced as needed.
In the event you and/or your family need to utilize the above
shelters, bring with you if possible:
-1 sleeping bag and 2 blankets per person
-1 pillow per person
-essential toilet articles, towels, toothpaste, etc.
To inquire if a shelter is operational or if you require
transportation to a shelter, call Emergency Management at (781)
WEB SITE FOR HOMELAND SECURITY:
www.ready.gov – This is an excellent
web site to gather additional information about emergencies.
DISASTER KIT CONTENTS:
Foods (canned goods and nonperishable foods) that do not
- Utensils, such as, a manual can opener, disposable plates,
cups, forks, knives, spoons, etc.
- Drinking water in non-breakable containers (2 quarts per
- Special dietary food if required
- Identification, valuable papers, policies and photographs
in a waterproof container
- Personal hygiene item, such as, soap, deodorant, shampoo,
toothpaste, toothbrush, washcloths, towels, sanitary items
- First aid kit
- Medications, prescription and over the counter, such as
aspirin and antacid
- Specific medical information
- Personal aids, such as, eyeglasses, hearing aids, canes,
- Infant care items, such as, diapers and formula
- Books, magazines, toys
- Battery-operated radio
- Extra batteries
- Sleeping bag and blanket, sheet and pillow
- Change of clothing
- Container for your disaster supply kit, should be