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Governor proclaims Winter Weather Preparedness Week in Colorado

Sunday, October 19th, 2008 3:36pm MDT
Governor Bill Ritter has proclaimed the week of October 19th through October 25th as Winter Weather Preparedness Week in Colorado.

Governor Bill Ritter has proclaimed the week of October 19th through October 25th as Winter Weather Preparedness Week in Colorado.

Winter weather in Colorado can be an inconvenience but more than that it can be deadly.  Emergency preparedness for major winter storms – as well as for other types of severe weather – is an important part of living in a state where conditions can change wildly from one moment to the next.  To help raise awareness of the need to be prepared for these occassions, Governor Ritter has proclaimed the week of October 19th to October 25th Winter Weather Preparedness Week in Colorado

The National Weather Service will be issuing Public Information Statements each day this week to highlight the dangers of winter weather and how best to be prepared.  ThorntonWeather.com will be posting these notices here in our news section to help you be prepared.  Please take the time to read and heed these messages – your life could depend on it. 

From the National Weather Service:

Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Grand Junction CO
600 am MDT Sun Oct 19 2008

Winter Weather Preparedness Week in Colorado

Governor Bill Ritter has proclaimed the week of October 19th through October 25th as winter weather preparedness week in Colorado. This is an excellent time for all individuals… families… businesses… schools… and media outlets to review their winter storm preparedness plans. It is especially important for all new arrivals to the state to become familiar with the national weather service watch and warning definitions as well as winter safety procedures.

Heavy snow in the mountains is important for the ski industry and for filling up reservoirs. However…winter storms also cause travel problems and can result in life threatening conditions.

The National Weather Service will issue public information statements throughout the week to discuss:

Part 1 Winter travel safety
Part 2 Watches…warnings…and advisories
Part 3 High winds
Part 4 Wind chill temperatures and hypothermia
Part 5  Avalanche safety
Review  Winter Weather Preparedness Week review

Anyone who needs information on winter storms in Colorado should contact their nearest National Weather Service office.

Boulder office 303-494-3210
Grand Junction office 970-243-7007
Goodland Kansas office  785-899-7119
Pueblo office…  
 - If you live near Pueblo 719-948-3371
 - If you live near Colorado Springs 719-573-6846
 - If you live near Alamosa 719-589-3232

Jim Pringle
Warning coordination meteorologist
Grand Junction

For more information:  Colorado Division of Emergency Preparedness – Winter Weather Preparedness Week

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One Response to “Governor proclaims Winter Weather Preparedness Week in Colorado”

  1. Jennifer Tolbert Says:

    This is good info for sure. Folks often times know what to prepare for, let alone how to. I am looking forward to reading the series.

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