Thunder Storm

Lightning is one of the greatest dangers associated with weather-related hazards. Although survival rates for lightning victims is high, they experience long-term symptoms after the fact. Thunderstorms can include:

  • Powerful winds over 50 MPH (80 km/h)
  • create hail
  • Cause flash floods and tornadoes

If your area is under a thunderstorm warning, you need to find shelter immediately!

How to prepare for a thunderstorm:

  • Know your area’s risk for thunderstorms.
  • Enroll in your community’s warning system
  • Be aware of any durable buildings that could work as shelter.
  • Cut down or trim trees that may be in danger of falling on your house
  • Purchase surge protectors, lightning rods, or a lightning protection system in order to protect the appliances and electronic devices inside your home

How to survive a thunderstorm:

  • When you hear thunder or receive a thunderstorm warning, you need to go inside immediately. Indoors is the safest place to during a storm.
  • Pay attention to weather reports and warnings of thunderstorms.
  • Be prepared to move to a shelter if needed
  • When indoors, avoid running water or using landline phones, as electricity can travel through plumbing and phone lines.
  • Unplug appliances and other electric devices. Secure outside furniture
  • If you’re in a boat or you’re swimming, get to land and find a shelter immediately.
  • If needed, take shelter in a car.
  • Avoid flooded roadways and turn around if you encounter one.

What to do after a thunderstorm:

  • Be careful and watch for fallen power lines and trees
  • Listen to authorities and weather forecasts for information on whether it is safe to go outside.
  • Also, check to see if there are any flash flood warnings in your area.