In February 2021, the City of Waco received a significant weather system that combined dangerously cold weather and precipitation in the form of freezing rain, ice, and snow. As the community dealt with treacherous road conditions that prevented travel, temporary rolling blackouts that turned into days without power, and water leaks from broken pipes that threatened to shut down the water utility, the sheer grit, determination, ingenuity, and generosity of City employees and community members carried the City through the emergency. As systems failed, people stepped up. Prior established relationships served to form a network of resources and personnel that worked to provide critical supplies and resources to manage the emergency. After-action feedback has identified numerous positive outcomes from the storm and areas to enhance facility and community resilience in future emergencies. Read the report.
If you live close to, or in an area where a dam exists the linked map will provide you with the indication area in the event of a dam failure. These maps were developed in conjunction with the McLennan County Engineers office and the City of Waco GIS Department.
Please note: These maps are for Information purposes only. Varying conditions could impact that actual inundation area shown.
(This is a link to an interactive map, if you need assistance, please contact the Office of Emergency Management at (254) 750-5911.)
An office that works with the City of Waco and McLennanCounty, disaster drills are scheduled regularly to test response times and efficiency in the case of a major disaster such as a tornado, plane crash, and other circumstances that may involve a large number of injuries or deaths. The team includes all area police departments, both paid and volunteer fire departments, ambulance services, Waco Transit, and area hospitals.
In the case of a major disaster, the Emergency Operations Center will establish a central command post where decisions can be made in a unified manner.
For more information, please contact Elizabeth Thomas, Emergency Management Coordinator at (254) 750-5911.
Operates and maintains the City of Waco’s 800MHz trunked radio communications system. Provides countywide radio communications for several county agencies. Vital Connection 911 is ONLY a part.
Currently, we are in the processing of installing a 12-channel digital 800MHz trunked radio communication system. This system will eventually replace the aging 10-channel analog 800MHz trunked radio communication system. Full implementation is slated for 2012.