Our Thoughts are with Mississippi - Severe Weather and Tornado

Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those affected by the devastating tornado and severe weather in Mississippi.  To follow the actions of our colleagues at the State of Mississippi's Emergency Management Agency you can view their State site, as well as the State of Mississippi Emergency Management Facebook Page and the State of Mississippi Emergency Management Twitter Feed.

Like Mississippi, Colorado has a history of damaging tornadoes.  And, as the events here in Colorado of just the past few days' tornadoes, hail and flash flooding, it is up to each of us to keep up to speed with Colorado weather developments.

This weekend, let the past week here and the events in Mississippi guide you to spend a few minutes developing you and your family's emergency plan.  Check out READYColorado to learn more about what to do, how to prepare and for great checklists to get you started.

In addition to taking active steps to prepare yourself and your family for a disaster, you should also take time to find out who your Colorado local emergency manager is and ask them what alarms and systems they have in place.  One step you can take right now in many counties in Colorado is to register your mobile phone and/or email with local emergency alert systems.  That way, in the event of a tornado, a wildfire evacuation or other incident affecting your area you can take action to stay safe.