Natural Disasters

The first part of understanding emergency preparedness as it relates to natural disasters is to identify what type of possible emergencies could strike your town or geographic area.

Most of us already know what type of storms or weather hazards can happen in our area but to become clearly informed about all potential hazards that could affect your area, you can contact your local emergency management office or Red Cross.

Start assembling your notes now. Many people find it helpful to get a three-ring binder, hole punch, and section dividers so you can keep all your information in one handy location.

In addition to knowing what possible conditions could affect your area, it’s very important to have a NOAA Weather Radio on hand. These are available at most electronic stores and even from the Red Cross website.

Many people die every year as victims of extreme weather related calamities. Tornadoes, thunderstorms, flash floods, hurricanes and other severe weather can happen quickly with little or no advance warning and surviving these hazardous situations requires planning ahead of time. In other words, the time to be thinking about having batteries, water, emergency food and other survival gear is not when a deadly storm is already upon you. Plan now to be emergency prepared.

In addition, when you know you are prepared, it reduces the natural fear and anxiety that comes with any emergency. Being prepared also eases the burden on emergency response personnel, making it easier for them to attend to those with the most urgent needs.

See the pages below for specific natural disaster information:

Flash Floods
Snow Storm

Also see Power Outage

Denver Weather Forecast, CO