FEMA is encouraging you to get storm safety smart:
- There is no safe place outdoors when thunderstorms are in the area. Get indoors and avoid contact with corded phones, electrical equipment, plumbing, and windows and doors.
- Water is an excellent conductor of electricity — so get out of and away from water!
- Electricity always seeks the shortest path to its destination. Avoid tall, isolated trees or other tall objects in a lightning storm.
- When camping, set up in a valley, ravine or other low area. Tents and open-sided shelters don’t provide protection from the dangers of lightning. If there isn’t a substantial building nearby, take shelter in your vehicle.
- Wait 30 minutes after the last lightning or thunder before going back outside.
- If someone is struck by lightning get immediate medical attention. Call 911 and remember: lightning victims do not carry an electrical charge and are safe to touch.
You can find more valuable lightning safety tips by visiting www.ready.gov/thunderstorms-lightning and www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov. Consider also downloading the free FEMA app, available for your Android, Apple or Blackberry device, so you have the information at your fingertips to prepare for severe weather.