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.