Think - Know Your Community
Garland Texas is a suburb located in northeast Dallas County and is a major part of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 226,876, making it the 12th most populous city in Texas and the 87th most populous city in the United States.
Garland is located adjacent to the City of Dallas and Lake Ray Hubbard. We are home to a waterpark, a mall, an arena/conference facility, and two college campuses (Richland College and Amberton University). Garland also has some major transportation infrastructure, as well. We are bordered by interstate highways and have both traditional railroad lines and Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) light rail lines.
Becoming familiar with your surroundings will benefit you and your family in a disaster. Keep reading to find out more reguarding specific hazards that Garland is vulnerable to and those resources that you can use to prepare for disasters.
Know Your Hazards
Many types of natural disasters threaten Garland, including tornadoes, floods and flash floods, winter storms, drought and more. Other emergencies Garland citizens should learn about and be prepared for include pandemics, hazardous-materials incidents, and bioterrorism. Learn more information specific to our community such as severe weather, hazardous materials, and biological information. Learning about our community is the first step to being prepared.
Know Your Resources
While potential threats are numerous, so are the resources for response. Knowing about those resources that are available to you could save your life. Learn more about disaster resources before beginning the next step in your journey to preparedness.
WHat is RACES
Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) appointees are a cadre of trained local public service minded Amateur Radio volunteers providing supplemental communications to the City of Garland, Texas and serve as mutual aid partners to others during times of emergency and disaster. Garland RACES appointees also provide communications support for other activities which include special events and public service activities. Garland RACES formed in mid-July, 1976. Discussions began with Garland city management in early June, 1976 that were prompted by a tornado touchdown in north Dallas on May 26 of that year. Garland city management learned that advance warning had come from Dallas RACES storm spotters. Dallas sirens were sounded as a result of these spotter reports. Since that time Garland RACES has been an integral part of Garland’s Emergency Management Team. RACES members also support many community and public service activities providing safety and logistics communications.