Emergency Management

Contact Us

  • Phone: 970-328-3545
    Fax: 970-328-8694

    Emergency Management
    P.O. Box 850
    Eagle, Colorado 81631


    Call 9-1-1 for emergencies
    or 970-479-2201

Severe Weather Awareness Week 2014

Contact: Jim Pringle, National Weather Service, at james.pringle@noaa.gov

The National Weather Service wants everyone to be part of a Weather-Ready Nation.  Colorado is an annual host for tornadoes, flash floods, hail, killer lightning and wind damage.  Are you “weather ready?" Do you know how to stay safe when severe weather threatens?  Governor Hickenlooper has proclaimed the week of April 13 - 19 as Colorado Severe Weather Awareness Week.   Now is the time to learn more about severe weather in Colorado and develop severe weather preparedness plans.     

Each year for the past 20 years there have been an average of 50 tornadoes in Colorado, 3 people killed by lightning and another 13 injured by lightning. 

The National Weather Service offices which cover Colorado will issue a series of public information statements during the week covering the following topics:

  • Monday - Watches and Warnings
  • Tuesday - Tornadoes and Tornado Safety
  • Wednesday - Flood and Flash Flood Safety
  • Thursday - Downburst Wind and Hail
  • Friday - Lightning and Lightning Safety
  • Saturday - A Review of the Week

Warnings are issued by the National Weather Service for a variety of thunderstorm hazards.  Make sure you have a way to receive warnings.  If you live in a community with a siren…understand the protocol for sounding those sirens.  If you have a relatively new cell phone you will receive tornado and flash flood warnings on your phone if you are in the area of the warning.  NOAA All Hazards Weather Radios are a great resource for monitoring the weather and receiving warnings, and they can be found at most hardware or electronics stores.  

Safety information - watches, warnings, forecasts, past weather and much more information is available at your local National Weather Service websites:

     www.weather.gov/denver            NWS Denver 
     www.weather.gov/pueblo            NWS Pueblo 
     www.weather.gov/goodland        NWS Goodland 
     www.weather.gov/gjt                   NWS Grand Junction