Storm Ready

Since 2002, Douglas County has been recognized by the National Weather Service (NWS) and the Colorado Office of Emergency Management (OEM) as being a “Storm Ready” County.

Storm Ready is a nationwide program that began in the summer of 2000. It is a voluntary program designed to help counties and communities take a proactive approach to the types and kinds of severe weather that affect their areas by improving local hazardous weather operations and heightening public awareness.

To be named “Storm Ready,” a county must first meet a set of criteria that includes:

  • A 24-hour warning point to receive NWS information and provide local reports and advice.
  • an Emergency Operations Center that is staffed during hazardous weather events.
  • a number of ways to receive NWS warnings.
  • A number of ways to monitor hydrometerological data.
  • A number of ways to disseminate warnings.

In addition, the county must be proactive in community preparedness and hold annual weather safety talks, storm spotter and dispatcher training biennially, and host/co-host annual NWS spotter training.  The county must also have a formal hazardous weather operations plan and biennial visits by the emergency managers to the National Weather Service in Boulder.

Additional Resources

  • Storm Ready

    Storm Ready is a nationwide program that began in the summer of 2000. It is a voluntary program designed to help counties and communities take a proactive approach to the types and kinds of severe weather that affect their areas by improving local hazardous weather operations and heightening public awareness.

Emergency Management

4000 Justice Way
Castle Rock, CO 80109
Phone: 303.660.7589
Fax: 303.814.8790
Email Contact

Office Hours:

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tim Johnson
Emergency Management Director
TMJohnso@dcsheriff.net

Douglas County Sheriff

Justice Center

4000 Justice Way
Castle Rock, CO 80109
Phone: 303.660.7505

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Highlands Ranch Substation

9250 Zotos Drive
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
Phone: 303.784.7800

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.


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