Tornadoes, rotating columns of air that occur during a severe thunderstorm, can strike without much warning and can destroy homes and buildings within our Colorado communities. Usually, we identify a tornado by it’s conical shape that is visible once it has started accumulating water droplets, dust and other kinds of debris and can have wind speeds reach up to 300mph.
Watch for a rotating funnel-shaped cloud whenever thunderstorms are present. People often describe hearing a loud roar similar to a train when a tornado has touched down. Know your community's warning system and understand the difference between a tornado watch and warning.
Generally, a warning means a tornado is already on the ground or soon will be. Get to a safe place immediately. A watch means conditions are favorable, and a tornado is possible. NOAA Weather Radio or your local station are great resources for emergency information.
Assemble An Emergency Kit
Assemble and have ready an emergency kit for you and your family. Recommendations:
- one gallon of water per person for at least three days
- 3-day supply of non-perishable food per person
- battery-powered or hand-crank radio
- flashlight, first aid kit, and extra batteries
Where To Go
Ideally, in the event of a tornado, you want to get to low ground or below ground: basement or storm cellar, an interior hallway, bathroom, or closet on the lowest level. Go underneath a heavy table and use your arms to protect your head and neck. Stay away from windows, doors and outside walls.
Understanding The Risk
Even though Colorado isn’t actually in the infamous “tornado alley”, we definitely get them so it’s important to remain vigilant to help keep you and your family safe.
If You Have Storm Or Tornado Damage
We can help! Call SERVPRO of Greater Boulder. We offer emergency restoration services after a storm has passed. Some of these services include roof tarping, covering broken windows, water removal, and structure dry out. We're always available 24/7/365. You can expect an immediate response day or night. (303)494-2000.