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Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Be Prepared For Severe Weather –
Tornado Safety

Tornado Touch Down Tornado Damage

Dallas County contains one of the largest population bases within tornado alley. While tornadoes are generally rare events, there have been deaths and injuries in Dallas County from tornado activity. The most significant of these occurred in April of 1957 and killed 10 people and injured more than 200 as a F-3 Tornado moved just west of Downtown Dallas. Most recently, in April 2012, tornadoes impacted the cities of Dallas and Lancaster. Mark Fox, Warning and Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service remarked, “All residents should be prepared as we move into the active months of tornado season. Severe weather, including tornadoes, is a fact of life in Texas and Dallas County. Don’t wait until the warnings have been issued. Take time to prepare before the warning.”

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Background Information


Welcome to the Dallas County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management Website. This site provides important information to the public on homeland security, emergency management and emergency preparedness topics. The tabs on the left provide additional site-specific information that may interest you, while the links to the right provide important preparedness information to help protect you and your family. If you do not find the information that you require, please contact our office during normal County business hours at 214-653-7980. After hours you may contact our duty officer at 469-865-9461.

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Our Mission and Vision

The mission of the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is to provide a 24-hour operation to reduce injury or loss of life and property and protect Dallas County residents from all hazards by providing and coordinating resources, expertise, leadership and advocacy through a comprehensive risk-based homeland security and emergency management program that includes: prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.


Dallas County Homeland Security & Emergency Management Programmatic Goals


  • Enhance Community Resiliency:  Work with internal and external customers/partners to identify ways we can better manage, reduce or mitigate homeland security and emergency risks from natural, technological or terrorism events using an “All Hazards Approach”.
  •  Enhance Partnerships:  Meet frequently with external and internal customers/partners to identify strengths and needed enhancements they envision are necessary for programmatic service improvement.  Participate in local, regional and State Homeland Security and Emergency Management meetings to foster and enhance services.  “How can we be more responsive to customer/partner needs?”
  • Build confidence by Enhancing Emergency Leadership:  Provide effective emergency leadership techniques and program management skills to better ensure an increased level of confidence in the Homeland Security and Emergency Management program.  Make the necessary changes in the current program to be more responsive. Enhance the program and manage customer/partner expectations.
  • Update Comprehensive Emergency Plans: Review existing emergency operations plans, procedures, ordinances and related documents; ensure compliance with NIMS and Homeland Security Directives.  Make recommendations for changes or enhancements.
  • Validate Emergency Response & Recovery Capabilities:  Review Emergency Operations Center (EOC) operational structure and staffing.  Review response and recovery contracts.  Make recommendations for changes or enhancements.  Employ “One Team-One Plan-One Mission”.
  • Provide Adequate Training:  Review training and exercise program for lessons learned and enhancement opportunities.  Validate and update emergency plans using exercises.  Train emergency team members as appropriate.  Develop a group of qualified instructors.  Make recommendations for changes or enhancements.
  • Communicate Effectively:  Review “how we communicate” both day-to-day and during emergencies with internal and external customers/partners.  Examine current information management software solution and determine overall effectiveness and ability to provide situational awareness during times of emergency.  Examine ways to better enhance public alerts/warning.
  • Enhance Public Collaboration:  Working with County Public Information Office, examine opportunities to enhance public collaboration and the County’s preparedness image.  “How can we build a better preparedness partnership with the community?”
  • Increase Executive Involvement:  Facilitate a regular meeting of senior County department managers to provide collective guidance and programmatic program direction.
  • Provide Regular Report:  Prepare an annual report to the County Judge, Commissioners and the public on the activities of the Homeland Security & Emergency Management program.

“Preparedness through Partnerships”



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