Emergency Fire Personnel The Pikes Peak region is notorious for its unpredictable weather patterns and long winters. It isn’t unheard of to have t-shirt weather one day followed by a blizzard the next. Don’t be caught off guard when inclement weather strikes. The following tips from The Independence Center’s Emergency Preparedness department will help you prepare.

Seasonal Tips

1.Winter storms can occur through early June in Colorado. Ensure you have a car kit with adequate supplies in your vehicle and keep your gas tank above half full at all times.

2. As the snow melts and temperatures warm, an increased risk of flash floods can occur throughout the state. Stay up-to-date on weather information in your area and remember – turn around, don’t drown!

3. If drought conditions continue, dry vegetation increases the likelihood of wildfires. While Spring can be our wettest season, please keep wildfire safety in mind and be careful with open flames.

4. Spring is a prime time for high winds, rapidly changing weather conditions, winter storms, thunder storms, floods, tornadoes, and other natural disasters. Know where to find weather information and plan accordingly.

5. A standard emergency kit should include food, water, clothing, bedding, tools, a first aid kit, and important documents such as contact information, medical information, and others. Check out The Independence Center website for more details on kit items and how to prepare a disaster kit at http://bit.ly/theicemergencyprep.