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Let's Get Ready Richardson!

It's always a great time to prepare your loved ones for an emergency or disaster. 


  • Purchase a NOAA All Hazards Radio for reliable indoor, audible warnings.
  • Extreme weather can lead to power outages. Be prepared and contact ONCOR to report a outage by phone at 888-313-4747 or visit the ONCOR website.
  • Keep at least 72 hours of supplies on hand- for water that's 1 gallon per person per day. A family of 4 needs at least 12 gallons of water.
  • Gather important documents like insurance and medical information.

A few simple steps, such as having a disaster supply kit, could help save your life so Let's Get Ready Richardson!

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    Take action to protect your pets or loved ones with access and functional needs during a disaster. For more preparedness videos, including downloadable, accessible, and ASL versions, please visit


     Information about Richardson's public warning system:

     Outdoor Warning System

    Emergency Notification System  


    Sheltering in a Tornado Event
    The City does not have public storm shelters because while they may seem like a good idea, they often come with more risks than benefits to residents including:
    • Opening public buildings as storm shelters gives a false sense of security and offers no more protection than a well-built residential structure.
    • Traveling to a public storm shelter could put you at greater risk than if you sheltered in place. Traffic is likely to get congested if everyone is heading toward one location.
    • Tornadoes can happen at night. If a storm wakes you at 2 a.m. you likely won’t have enough time to gather your family, load them into a car and drive to a storm shelter. Sheltering in place affords you the quickest and best protection for a short notice event.
    • The City has not built public storm shelters because it would be impossible to shelter even a small percentage of the population. If we were to do this, we are required to build enough shelters to hold more than over 100,000 residents.
    • For more information about building a safe room for your home or small business, please visit the FEMA webpage at

     Basic Tornado Safety
    • The lowest possible level of a building or structure (Ex: First floor, basement, storm cellar)
    • Interior room with no windows, such as a closet or bathroom
    • Get underneath sturdy piece of furniture and cover neck and head
    • Avoid places / rooms with wide-span roofs (cafeterias, gymnasiums, shopping malls)
    • Mobile Homes are not safe shelters; you should make plans before the storm arrives to get to a pre-planned shelter
    • Apartment dwellers should have a plan in place to get to an apartment on the lowest level of the complex. Contact your Leasing Office.
    • Do not attempt to outrun a tornado in your automobile, seek shelter inside a nearby building. Be sure not to choose a large box store with a wide-span roof.
    • If stranded outside lie down in a ditch or low lying area away from the vehicle, but remain aware of possible flash flooding
    • Do not seek shelter underneath a bridge or overpass


     Moving Forward Icon Accommodation requests for persons with disabilities should be made by contacting Taylor Lough via phone at 972-744-4208, via email at, or by appointment at 411 W. Arapaho Road, Richardson, TX 75080.

    For more information regarding ADA compliance including the City of Richardson Grievance Procedure, please Click Here.

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    Last updated: 10/10/2017 10:46:53 AM