Storm Safety

Thunderstorms and Lightning
  • Before a storm, check outside areas of your property. Secure outdoor objects Like lawn furniture that could blow away. Take light objects inside. Shutter windows securely and brace outside doors.
  • During the storm, listen to battery- operated radio or television for the latest storm update. Do not handle electrical equipment. Avoid telephones. Stay away from the television, Avoid bathtubs, water faucets and sinks, because metal pipes can transmit electricity.
  • If you' re outdoors, attempt to get inside a building. If no structure is available, squat low to the ground as quickly as possible. Avoid tall structures such as towers, tall trees, fencess, telephone poles or power lines. Stay away from natural lightning rods such is golf clubs, tractors, fishing rods, bicycles or camping equipment. Stay away from bodies of water. If you are in an isolated area and you feel your hair stand on end (which indicates lightning is about to strike), drop to your knees and bend forward, putting your hands on your knees. Do not lie flat on the ground.

  • Go to a storm cellar, underground excavation or basement.
  • Get under sturdy furniture, if possible. If you do not have a basement, choose an inside Wall away from windows and lie flat against central halls, bathrooms and closets.
  • If in a mobile home, go to the nearest community shelter or another sturdy building, if possible.