Severe Storm Safety
What should I do in case of a SEVERE STROM?
- Postpone outdoor activites
- Get inside a sturdy building. If no such shelter is avaliable, get into or stay in a hard-topped vehicle (not a soft top vehicle like a convertible). This is better than being outside.
- Remember, rubber soled shoes and rubber tires provide NO PROTECTION from lightning
- Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage
- Shutter windows and secure outside doors. If shutters are not avaliable, close window blinds, shades, or curtains.
- Avoid showering or bathing. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity.
- Do not use telephones during severe storms unless it is a life-threatening emergency
- Unplug appliances and other electrical items, such as computers, and turn off air conditioners. Power surges from lightning can cause serious damage.
- Use your battery operated NOAA weather radio for updates from local officials
- Never walk, wade, or drive through flooded areas
- Treat all wires lying on the ground or tangled in trees as energized and EXTREMELY dangerous
Call 911 only if it is a life threatening emergency and you immediately need police, fire, or EMS assistance
Avoid the following:
- Tall trees in open areas
- The beach or boat on the water
- Isolated small structures
- Anything metal