Inclement Weather Closing Questions

If you suspect a college closing or delayed opening due to inclement weather, there are many ways to find out if the college is closed, or will open later when the roads are safe.

  • DCCCD Alerts: Sign-up for alerts via text, voicemail or email. You can opt in here.
  • DCCCD App:You can learn about closings via automatic push notifications. Download the app on Google Play or the Apple App Store here.
  • Homepage: You can also view the homepage for closing information at richlandcollege.edu.
  • Social Media: Follow official Richland College social media channels: @richlandcollege | Richland College Facebook
  • Hotline: Call the Employee Inclement Weather Hotline at 972-238-6912.
    Students can call the Student Inclement Weather Hotline at 972-238-6196.
  • News Stations: Check major television or radio stations in the event that the DCCCD or Richland College websites are not operational.

Inclement Weather

In the event there is a question as to whether we will be closed due to inclement weather, the following options are available:

Weather Alerts

There are two types of severe weather alerts:

Watch: A watch is a public notification that weather conditions exist that could lead to a warning.

Warning: A warning is an alert by the National Weather Service confirming an actual event that is occurring, giving time, location, speed and direction of movement.

If severe weather is imminent:

  • Remain calm. Do not exit the building.
  • Notify people in your area to quickly get away from the perimeter of the building and exterior glass.
  • Proceed to one of the marked Safer Zone areas (areas that most closely meet NOAA guidelines for severe weather) and close the door to prevent injury from flying debris.

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) Weather Warnings Sent to Your Smart Phone:

Students and employees who own the newer smart phones are set up to receive WEA messages (unless the person has changed the phone’s settings). These messages include severe and/or extreme weather alerts. Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) are emergency messages sent by government authorities through your mobile carrier. The weather warnings come from the National Weather Service (NWS).

If you receive a weather message telling you to “take shelter,” then do so and inform those near you. Be aware that District Central Dispatch, police officers and emergency management personnel receive warnings from the NWS roughly the same time as you receive the WEA messages. It will take a short period of time for the district to re-broadcast the message in its notification systems.

The district’s notification systems also may be affected by power outages or system failures, so always follow the instructions from a reliable source such as WEA.