Tornado season is here and the Town would like to remind residents of steps they can take to stay safe should a tornado hit. Spring and summer months in Colorado are known for their severe weather, which can include tornadoes, hail, high winds and lightning. 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, also 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. Since the occurrence of tornadoes in our county is very low, the cost is prohibitive (approximately $30 million for just the initial installation). In addition, the local terrain impacts the effectiveness of the sirens. The Town can use reverse 911 to contact Parker residents in the event of an emergency. However, 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.
The Parker Police Department Office of Emergency Management offers some helpful suggestions and guidelines to help you, your friends, family and co-workers be prepared for a disaster. For more information visit www.parkeronline.org/emergencypreparedness or contact Doreen Jokerst at 303.805.6515 or email@example.com.