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Thunderstorm Safety: Protecting Yourself and Your Home from Nature's Fury

Remember, thunderstorms can be dangerous, and lightning strikes can be life-threatening. It's important to prioritize your safety and take these precautions to stay protected during severe weather.

  • Stay informed: Monitor local weather forecasts and pay attention to any thunderstorm warnings or watches issued for your area. Use reliable sources like the National Weather Service or local news channels.


  • Seek shelter: If you are outdoors, seek shelter immediately. Find a sturdy building with walls and a roof, such as a home, office, or mall. Avoid small shelters, such as picnic gazebos, as they do not provide adequate protection from lightning.

  • Avoid open areas: Stay away from open fields, hilltops, and tall objects like trees, flagpoles, or metal structures. These places increase your risk of being struck by lightning.

  • Stay away from flooded areas: Avoid walking or driving through flooded streets or areas. Flash flooding can occur during severe storms, and it's difficult to gauge the depth of the water or the presence of hazards.

  • Stay indoors: Once you're inside a safe building, stay there until the storm has passed. Avoid using corded phones, electrical appliances, and plumbing fixtures during a thunderstorm as they can conduct electricity.


  • Stay away from windows: Lightning can travel through windows, so it's best to stay away from them during a storm. Move to the interior of the building and avoid direct contact with any metal surfaces.

  • Unplug electronics: Unplug sensitive electronic devices like computers, TVs, and appliances to protect them from power surges caused by lightning strikes.

  • Avoid water: Do not take a shower, bath, or use plumbing fixtures during a thunderstorm. Lightning can travel through pipes and electrical wiring, posing a risk of electrocution.

  • Stay informed about tornadoes: Thunderstorms can sometimes produce tornadoes. If a tornado warning is issued, seek shelter in a small, windowless, interior room on the lowest level of your building.

    • Note that on 4/30 a Tornado touched down in WBP: Here are additional Tornado Safety Tips to keep in mind.

  • Be cautious after the storm: Even after the thunderstorm has passed, be aware of potential hazards such as downed power lines or tree branches. Exercise caution when venturing outside.

Remember, these are general safety tips, and it's important to follow any specific guidance or instructions provided by local authorities or weather services during severe thunderstorms.

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