Dallas County Government Offices and Courts Delayed Opening until 10:00AM on Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Statement of Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins in Delaying Government Offices and Courts

After convening a call with the National Weather Service and many of our public and private partner agencies, I am delaying opening of Dallas County Government Offices and Courts tomorrow, Wednesday, February 25, 2015 until 10:00 a.m.  My decision was made in my capacity as Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

The decision is based in large part on the National Weather Service’s forecast of slightly below freezing temperatures in Dallas County overnight with a high probability of snow in the morning. The heaviest snowfall is forecast between 3 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. We are expected to be well above freezing by 10:00 a.m. and road conditions should improve throughout the morning after sunrise as a combination of rising temperatures, road pretreatment and vehicle traffic melt snow accumulation. Please use extreme caution and allot extra time for travel.

Although TxDOT has treated most major highways, 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 and freeways may become icy despite pretreatment.

If you must drive tomorrow, please allot extra time and use extreme caution. Carry an ice scraper, water, blankets and emergency items. Our team at Homeland Security and Emergency Management and our first responder community will be on the job throughout the event to keep you safe. Please help us by avoiding unnecessary travel and exercising precautions on icy or snowy surfaces.

Stay warm, dry and safe,
Clay Jenkins
Dallas County Judge

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.

Ebola Update – 101914


What: Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins and Mayor Mike Rawlings will discuss the latest on the Ebola situation in Dallas. The first wave of people being monitored for having contact or potential contact with Thomas Eric Duncan will officially be off of the list for daily monitoring. This group of 48 was monitored for Ebola symptoms twice daily during a 21-day period, and all remained asymptomatic throughout the monitoring process. Judge Jenkins and Mayor Rawlings will discuss the next steps for all 48 people and those currently being monitored.

Who: Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, Wilshire Baptist Church Pastor George Mason

When: 7:30 a.m. Monday, October 20, 2014

Where: Dallas County Administration Building, Allen Clemson Courtroom, First Floor, 411 Elm St., Dallas, TX 75202

Lauren Trimble


WHAT:  Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, City of Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, and Dr. Daniel Varga with Texas Health Resources discuss the latest update to the Ebola situation in Dallas County.

WHEN:  Wednesday, October 15, 2014 – 7:00 AM

WHERE:  Dallas County Administration Building
Allen Clemson Courtroom, First Floor
411 Elm Street
Dallas, Texas 75202

CONTACT: Lauren Trimble, 214-653-7949 or lauren.mish@dallascounty.org