Skip to page body Home Residents Businesses Visitors Government Services Departments I Want To...
BY CALL, TEXT, OR EMAIL
Annual Full 3 Minute Cycle Outdoor Warning System Test

The monthly “first Wednesday” test of the City’s Outdoor Warning System will take place as usual Wednesday, Sept. 2 at noon, weather permitting, but will last for three minutes as opposed to the typical 30 seconds. This “full test” is conducted once a year to ensure the system is working properly, going through one complete warning cycle as would be done during times of emergency.

 Outdoor Warning Siren with Strobe Light
 10 ways- access alerts, test plans, assemble supplies, practice, participate and discuss, safeguard documents, document and insure property, make property safer, exercise, plan with others

September is National Preparedness Month- Let's Get Ready Richardson!

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

LEARN ABOUT THE RISKS AND MAKE A PLAN AT READY.GOV

  • Purchase a NOAA All Hazards Radio for reliable indoor, audible warnings.
  • Extreme heat 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.
  • To prevent dehydration and heat stroke, make water your beverage of choice. Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight, and light colored clothes, dark colors absorb the sun’s rays.
  • If you are working outside, use a buddy system and take frequent breaks. Consider spending the warmest part of the day in the air conditioning.
  • Check on family, friends, and neighbors and who spend much of their time alone. Don’t forget about your pets, providing plenty of water and shade.
  • 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!

Don't Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.
30 second videos
(closed captioning):


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 www.texasprepares.org.

Siren 

 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

 
 Tornado
 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 Susan Mattison, ADA Coordinator, via phone at 972 744-0908, via email at ADACoordinator@cor.gov, or by appointment at 1621 E. Lookout Drive, Richardson, TX 75082.

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

Follow on twitter

 

National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) check current status

 

StormReady Sign

 

Weather Station Pic

 

     
Last updated: 8/31/2015 4:27:56 PM