|Severe Weather Reminders from the Office of Emergency Management
- The National Weather Service (NWS) is the official source of severe weather warnings and watches.
- When you hear outdoor warning sirens, you should seek shelter and seek information.
- Due to technology constraints, alerts from the NWS may hit different warning devices at different times. So you may receive an alert on your mobile device, hear a message on your TV/radio, or hear outdoor warning sirens at different times. You should always take protective actions at the first alert you receive. Do not wait for additional alerts before taking action.
- If you are outside, go to a pre-designated shelter area such as a safe room, basement, storm cellar, or the lowest building level. If there is no basement, go to the center of an interior room on the lowest level (closet, interior hallway) away from corners, windows, doors, and outside walls. Put as many walls as possible between you and the outside. Do not open windows.
- Once you are inside and safe, tune to local media (TV, radio, mobile device, etc.) or NOAA weather alert radio to be informed of the storm location, path and the duration of the warning. There is no all-clear signal issued. Once the warning has expired or is cancelled, it is safe to leave your shelter location. Be aware, however, that the NWS may extend a warning or issue a new warning at any time, so remain vigilant.
- We strongly recommend that every residence, business and school use a weather alert radio or sign-up for weather alerts on your mobile device. For Denver alerts click here.
- For more information on what to do during a tornado event, you may visit Ready.gov - http://www.ready.gov/tornadoes.