Emergency notifications — about floods, a missing child or boil alert — are now a reality in North Canton.
City employees and residents can now receive text messages emails and phone calls in the event of a disaster or emergency now that the city is a partner in the Stark County Emergency Notification Program.
"We can notify numerous phones, numerous texts, numerous emails at the touch of a button," said North Canton Fire Chief John Bacon, who led the discussion about the system at a city council meeting in May.
Before, the city could contact residents through a landline reverse emergency notification system that was provided through an existing Canton system.
This is a free service provided through the Stark County Emergency Management Agency and its partners; however, normal message fees may apply. To receive text messages to your cell phone it must have text messaging capabilities. Notifications are dependent upon external providers (phone carrier, cell phone, e-mail). Stark County and the city of North Canton cannot guarantee notifications will be received by the intended recipient.
The North Canton Dispatch Center will have the capability to send messages to those city residents signed up for the service. The center will have the capability to notify all areas of the city of an emergency event or able to notify a particular section of the city.
You must sign up using the Internet site. For residents living in the city who are unable to sign up using the Internet, stop in at the North Canton Fire Station or the Mayor’s Office at City Hall (145 N. Main St.) with a picture ID and assistance will be given to get signed up for the free service. You may unsubscribe and stop the service at any time.