For the past 20 years, there has been an average of 50 tornadoes per year in Colorado. On average, three people have been killed by lightning and another 13 people have been injured by lightning annually. Some of the biggest insurance losses each year are due to large hail. Weld County experiences all of these types of severe weather.

As a part of this year’s Severe Weather Awareness Week, The National Weather Service offices that serve Colorado will issue a series of public information statements this week covering the following topics:

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

Now is the time to review your safety plans and be prepared for the severe weather season!

Before severe weather strikes, develop a plan of action. Identify a place for you and your family to take shelter in the event of severe weather. Once you have a plan of action, conduct frequent drills to ensure everyone knows what to during severe weather events, if you are at home, work, school, or outdoors.

For more information on severe storms in visit the Weld County Office of Emergency Management website: www.weldoem.com. Sign up to receive emergency alerts at www.weld911alert.com.