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Posted on: April 4, 2011

[ARCHIVED] Tornado Information for Residents

As tornado season approaches, the Town would like to remind residents of steps to take in case of a tornado. Spring months in Colorado are known for their severe storms, which can include tornadoes, hail, high winds and lightening. Because weather can move into the area very rapidly, it is important for citizens to be aware of and alert to the possibility of these events.

Tornado sirens, better known as outdoor warning systems, are designed for one purpose – to alert people who are outdoors of potential tornadoes. We do not have tornado sirens in Douglas County because the occurrence of tornados in our county is very low, the cost is prohibitive (approximately $30 million for just the initial installation) and the terrain impacts the effectiveness of the sirens. Preparedness begins with the individual and the steps outlined below will help you to be prepared.

Tornado Safety Tips
When a Tornado Watch is announced, it means conditions are present for a tornado. Keep a radio/ TV tuned for further information and gather emergency supplies.

When a Tornado Warning is issued, it means a tornado has been sighted or is imminent. Take shelter immediately.

If you are at home: Go to your basement. If you don't have a basement, go to an interior hallway or small room without windows on the lowest floor. Avoid windows. Do not remain in a trailer or mobile home if a tornado is approaching. Take cover elsewhere.

If you are at work: Go to an interior hallway on the lowest floor or a designated shelter. Avoid windows.

If you are in a car or outside: Seek cover in a nearby building or lie flat in a ditch or ravine.
Stay tuned to your radio or TV for weather updates. Several local media outlets allow you to sign up to have severe weather alerts sent to your email, cell phone or pager. Purchasing an emergency weather radio is also recommended.

For more information visit the Emergency Management section online at www.ParkerPolice.org. We encourage you to contact your Parker Town Council with questions or comments at 303.841.0353 or council@parkeronline.org.

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