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Let's Get Ready Richardson!

It's spring time in Texas and with blooming flowers and fun outdoor activities also comes the chance of severe weather. A few tips can help keep your family safe: 


  • Purchase a NOAA All Hazards Radio for reliable indoor, audible warnings.
  • Check local news and watch for signs of oncoming storms like darkening sky and thunder.
  • Be prepared for power outages due to storm damage, wind, and fallen trees. 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 and don't forget to your pets too! A family of 4 needs at least 12 gallons of water.
  • Gather important documents like insurance and medical information. 

Be a Force of Nature: Being prepared for severe weather doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. 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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 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

 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 ADA compliance including the City of Richardson Grievance Procedure, please Click Here.

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Last updated: 3/26/2015 12:12:01 PM