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Stay Safe During Severe Weather

Although this upcoming winter storm comes as no surprise to Coloradans, many of us are not ready for its arrival. If you are prepared for hazardous weather, you will be more likely to stay safe and healthy when temperatures start to fall. The Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management is encouraging residents to prepare their homes and to arm themselves with safety tips before significant inclement weather arrives.

“With the threat of severe weather, it is important for every family to be prepared for flooding, power outages, and extreme temperatures,” said Ryan Broughton, Executive Director of the Denver Office of Emergency Management.  “Make sure everyone in your home is prepared for an emergency; have an emergency kit always ready to go with essential items like, food, water, and medications.” 
 

Takes steps to make you and your family are safe

Creating and Practicing an Emergency Plan:
Talk to everyone in your household about what to do if a disaster occurs. Decide where you would meet, who you would contact, and assemble and maintain an emergency preparedness kit.
 

Assembling an Emergency Preparedness Kit:
Kits should contain a seven-day supply of essentials such as: 

  • Medications
  • Foods that don’t require cooking or refrigeration 
  • Bottled water
  • Flashlights  
  • Battery-powered radio with extra batteries
  • Copies of important documents like your insurance policies
  • Cell phone chargers along with family and emergency contact information
  • Maps of the area and your evacuation plan
     

Stay Away From Flood Waters:
If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankle:

  • Stop, turn around. Remember to turn around don’t drown. 
  • If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. 
  • Keep children and pets away from water, as they are curious and can be harmed by flowing or contaminated water.
  • Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to see and recognize flood danger.
     

Power Outages:
During winter storms, a power outage may be caused by heavy and blowing snow or strong winds. 

  • Only use flashlights for emergency lighting as candles can cause fires.
  • Put on layers of warm clothing, if it is cold outside.
  • Be prepared to check on family and neighbors who are especially at risk from cold weather hazards.
     

Avoid Carbon Monoxide: 

  • NEVER burn charcoal for heating or cooking indoors.
  • NEVER use propane or kerosene heater indoors  
  • Only use generators away from your home and NEVER run a generator inside a home or garage.