Mobile Notary During Bad Weather, Disasters
We will accept or complete a scheduled appointment, if we are available, and can complete it safely, according to our safety policies.
We are generally closed for business for a half day or full day, when School District 11 (D-11) is closed, or is opening on a delayed schedule, or is closing early.
There may be an extra fee for additional travel time due to bad weather conditions, as listed in our fee schedule.
Snow, Ice and Hail
Colorado Springs has designated certain key streets as snow routes. These snow routes receive the highest priority for snow plowing and anti-skid treatment during and after snowstorms, blizzards, hail, sleet, freezing rain and ice.
If we are able to travel safely, during periods of snow and ice, we will follow primary designated snow routes, avoid secondary smaller streets, take the flattest route, and avoid hills. Detours due to bad weather may add distance and time to our trip, along with driving at a slower speed to adjust for road conditions.
Snowfall is greater at higher elevations in the mountains. Sometimes snow accumulation, drifting or an avalanche may block roads, or roads may be closed.
During freezing rain, ice, hail or sleet, we do not drive until the storm passes, due to visibility risk and potential vehicle damage and personal injury from accidents.
Colorado is considered “the hail capital of the U.S.” Hail storms typically occur from mid-April to mid-August, most common in June, averaging 7 hail days per year.
Hailstones, are typically (90%) 1″ or less in diameter, but can be golf ball size or larger, and can fall at 80-90 mph, causing damage to buildings, vehicles and crops, and may kill livestock. One human death has been reported in Colorado.
Sleet pellets are frozen raindrops that fall during winter months.
We check traffic webcams provided by Colorado Springs city government and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) for road conditions and traffic congestion.
Thunderstorms, Heavy Rain and Flash Floods
During periods of thunderstorms, heavy rain, and flash floods, we monitor weather reports and do not drive, or we avoid areas where streets or intersections may be flooded, or subject to rock slides, or mudslides. Occasionally, old water main pipes break and flooded roads are closed for utility repairs.
Thunderstorms typically occur from May to September, with an average of 50 thunderstorms per year, accompanied by lightning. On average, lighting kills 3 people and injures 20 people, each year in Colorado. El Paso County is the most dangerous lightning area in Colorado, averaging 27,000 cloud to ground flashes each year.
Usually, waiting a few hours will provide enough time for the rainstorm to pass.
We monitor weather reports and news and do not drive during a watch, alert or warning for a tornado, wind storm, or high winds.
El Paso County has reported 86 tornadoes since 1950, mostly rated F0 (40-72 mph) or F1 (73-112 mph), with 12 rated F2 (113-157 mph), and 2 rated F3 (158-206 mph). Tornado season is typically mid-May to mid-July. Two-thirds of the tornadoes occur in June.
There is a risk of accident, damage or injury from flying debris, falling trees and tree limbs, downed power lines, power outages and traffic lights not working, and high-profile vehicles being overturned.
Note: WindAlert.com provides wind forecasts, historic wind data and email and text alerts.
Wildfires sometimes occur in grasslands, brush and forested regions, covering many acres. Fires may last for hours, days or weeks. We follow advice and alerts from local news, weather, police and fire departments.
A Red Flag Warning occurs during critical fire weather conditions of dry fuel (grass, brush and trees), low humidity, and strong winds that could start, grow and spread a fire quickly. Outdoor burning or any activities that could generate an unwanted spark or flame should be postponed.
Other occasional disasters may include explosions, multiple-vehicle accidents, train accidents, airplane crashes, hazardous materials, building fires, active shooter incidents, or terrorist attacks. Earthquakes are not a local risk.
Normal business operations may be delayed, suspended or canceled due to events beyond our control, known as force majeure.
Business Contingency Plan
We have a business contingency plan, emergency radios, first aid kit, supplies, and equipment, including battery backup and solar power, to continue operating during many types of bad weather, power outages, and disasters.
We have completed Community Emergency Response Training (CERT).
So, good weather or bad weather, give us a call and we can schedule a mobile notary appointment as soon as travel conditions are safe.
1. Snowplow, Colorado Springs government
2. tornado, Justin1569 at English Wikipedia CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http:// creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) via Wikimedia Commons