Think - Know Your Community

Texas State legislature officially established Ellis County on December 20, 1849 when it passed a bill sponsored by Gen. Edward H. Tarrant. It was drawn from Navarro County and is named for Richard Ellis. Today, Ellis County is home to over 152,000 residents. The County’s total area is 952 square miles, 940 square miles of it is land and 12 square miles is water and is comprised of 15 cities, 7 towns, and the unincorporated areas that include Avalon, Forreston, and Telico.  Please visit our Local Link tab to few each of them.


Ellis County, Texas (County) is located in North Central Texas.  Waxahachie, the largest town and county seat, is on Interstate Highway 35E thirty miles south of Dallas  Major highways in the County include Interstate 35E, Interstate 45, U.S.  Highway 67, U.S.  Highway 77, U.S. Highway 287, and State Highway 34 (Texas).  The following Counties are adjacent to Ellis County:  Dallas County (North), Kaufman County (Northeast), Henderson County (East), Navarro County (Southeast), Hill County (Southwest), Johnson County (West), and Tarrant County (Northwest). 


Becoming familiar with your surroundings will benefit you and your family in a disaster. Keep reading to find out more regarding specific hazards that Ellis County is vulnerable to and those resources that you can use to prepare for disasters.


Many types of natural disasters threaten Ellis County, including tornadoes, floods and flash floods, winter storms, drought and more. Other emergencies Ellis County citizens should learn about and be prepared for include pandemics, hazardous-materials incidents, and bioterrorism. Learning about our community is the first step to being prepared. Learn more here.


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.