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It's National Preparedness Month

Let's Get Ready Richardson!

It's always a great time to prepare your loved ones for an emergency or disaster. Sharing weather alerts, preparedness tips and other information can save the lives of others. 

Preparedness doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. From teaching small children their full name, address, and phone number to creating a family emergency plan and building an emergency supply kit, no act of preparedness is too small to make a difference.

Get involved and take these 3 steps toward preparedness today:

1. Be Informed and Understand Local Emergency Notification Systems
2. Create a Family Emergency Plan
3. Build your Emergency Supply Kit

Be Disaster Aware Take Action to Prepare
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Follow these steps to protect your pets or loved ones with functional needs during a disaster. A few simple actions today, such as gathering a disaster supply kit, could help save your life so Be Ready Richardson! 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. This link also has information for safe room construction plans and specifications

 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



The City of Richardson has begun to utilize the Special Needs Assistance Program to register people with medical needs, conditions, or severe allergies to better plan for disasters as well as provide vital information to first responders. For more information please go to the SNAP website.
 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, or by appointment at 1621 E. Lookout Drive, Richardson, TX 75082.

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

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Last updated: 9/30/2014 12:51:50 PM