Let's Get Ready Richardson!
Take action and be prepared for whatever life brings. Get information, tips and tools to prepare your family, home, and neighborhood with Richardson's Office of Emergency Management.
- Purchase a NOAA All Hazards Radio for reliable indoor, audible warnings
- Extreme weather can lead to power outages - Be prepared and contact ONCOR by phone at 888-313-4747 or visit the ONCOR website to report a power outage
- 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
- Prepare loved ones with access and functional needs
- For more preparedness videos, including downloadable, accessible, and ASL versions, visit texasprepares.org
A few simple steps, such as having a disaster supply kit, could help save your life so Let's Get Ready Richardson!
Information about Richardson's Public Warning Systems
- Includes much more than outdoor sirens
- Get notified through multiple methods to make sure you get all emergency messages especially when some systems and networks are impacted
- Purchase a NOAA All-Hazards Radio for indoor warning - Every household and business should have one
- Emergency Notification System - Sign up for alerts through calls, texts, and emails
- Outdoor Warning System (Sirens) - 22 sirens to warn the public when outside
- Emergency Alert System - National system for TV and Radio including AMBER alerts and other emergency broadcasts
- For regular updates, Follow Richardson Emergency Management on Twitter
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:
- 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
- Opening public buildings as storm shelters gives a false sense of security and offers no more protection than a well-built residential structure.
- 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.
To build a safe room for your home or business, visit fema.gov/safe-rooms.
Basic Tornado Safety
- Get to the lowest possible level of a building or structure (First floor, basement, storm cellar)
- Choose an 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 - pay close attention to weather conditions and make plans before the storm arrives to get to different location quickly
- Apartment dwellers should have a plan in place to get to the lowest level of the complex. Contact your Leasing Office for more information
- Do not attempt to outrun a tornado in your automobile, seek shelter inside a nearby building.
- 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
Accommodation requests for persons with disabilities should be made by contacting Taylor Lough via phone at 972-744-4208, via email at ADACoordinator@cor.gov, or by appointment at 411 W. Arapaho Road, Richardson, TX 75080.