Thunderstorm Preparation

Thunderstorm preparedness tips

Thunderstorms produce many dangerous and severe forms of weather. Lightning, destructive winds, heavy rain and hail can all be products of thunderstorms.

What To Do
  • If you are outside, get into a building, car or bus.
  • If you are in the woods, pick a low area under small trees.
  • If you are swimming or boating, get out of the water immediately and onto land as soon as possible.
  • If you are in an open area, head for low ground such as a valley or ravine, or crouch down.
  • If golfing, leave the course as soon as possible and take shelter in the clubhouse.
What Not To Do
  • Do not touch metallic object such as bicycles, fences, golf clubs, and equipment such as lawnmowers.
  • Do not go near trees, poles, hills, clotheslines, overhead wires, metal pipes, or water.
  • If in a group, do not huddle – but spread out.
  • Do not use the telephone except in an emergency.
  • Do not take a shower or bath.
  • Severe Thunderstorm Watch means conditions are favorable for severe weather. Continue normal activity, but monitor weather conditions closely.
  • Severe Thunderstorm Warning means to seek shelter immediately and monitor conditions on radio or television. Follow all of the above instructions until the storm passes.