Dallas County Government Offices and Courts Closed Monday

After convening a call with the National Weather Service and our public and private partner agencies, I am closing Dallas County Government Offices and Courts tomorrow, Monday, February 23, 2015. My decision is based in large part on the National Weather Service’s high confidence in Dallas County experiencing a significant severe weather event which is forecast to begin at approximately 6:00 am tomorrow.

Although TxDot has pretreated most major highways with a brine solution, many secondary roads remain untreated. In Dallas County, secondary roads carry significant traffic.  Road treatment is ongoing and will continue throughout the event but it will not be possible to treat all secondary routes.

If you must drive tomorrow, please allot extra time and use extreme caution.

Stay warm, dry and safe,

Clay Jenkins
Dallas County Judge

BOPA Recycling (Batteries, Oil, latex Paint, Antifreeze)

What: BOPA Recycling Event (Batteries, Oil, latex Paint, and Antifreeze)

When: This Saturday, February14, 2015, from 8:00-11:00 a.m

Where: Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Center, 17360 Coit, Dallas TX 75252

Who: Residents of the following cities are eligible to attend


Addison, Garland, Rowlett

Dallas, Highland Park, Sachse

DeSoto, Irving, Seagoville

Duncanville, Mesquite, Sunnyvale

Farmers Branch, Richardson, University Park

AND Unincorporated Dallas County


MORE: See the attachment for more details or call (214) 670-4475

Inclement Weather Information for this Weekend

At 11:30am on Thursday, January 8th, County Judge Clay Jenkins, County Administrator Darryl Martin and officials from the Dallas County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management had a conference call with Dennis Cavanaugh of the National Weather Service.  Based on the most current weather information, it is not anticipated that there will be a need to deviate from normal Dallas County work hours this week.

There may be precipitation Friday morning between 6am-noon, such as light snow or sleet, but the NWS is not expecting significant accumulation. Skies will be clear in the afternoon with highs in the mid 30’s. The best chance for precipitation will be Saturday night after sunset through Sunday morning. Temperatures will be right around freezing and rain could freeze on contact. Please be careful when traveling over elevated surfaces, including bridges and overpasses. The rain should taper off Sunday and no additional precipitation is expected before Monday.

Dallas County Judge Jenkins Urges Residents to be Prepared

For Immediate Release
January 7, 2015

Today, our Emergency Management staff talked with the Texas Division of Emergency Management and the City of Dallas and City of Irving Offices of Emergency Management as well as others regarding the earthquakes that have been occurring in Dallas County.

In Dallas County, we use an “All Hazards Approach” to emergency response and preparedness which includes earthquake planning.  This week our emergency management staff will conduct a conference call with SMU and city emergency managers to discuss technical information and develop additional guidance to better ensure our plans and procedures are up-to-date and specific to this type of hazard.

To read the full statement, please click here.