We are on day 4 of Severe Weather Preparedness Week. Day 1 was Family preparedness day and NOAA Weather radio day, Day 2 was Thunderstorm Safety day, Day 3 was Tornado Safety Day and today, Day 4 is Lightning Safety day. Here is some information to help you protect yourself and your families during a lightning storm.

Lightning: What You Need to Know

  • NO PLACE outside is safe when thunderstorms are in the area!!
  • If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you.
  • When you hear thunder, immediately move to safe shelter: a substantial building with electricity or plumbing or an enclosed, metal-topped vehicle with windows up.
  • Stay in safe shelter at least 30 minutes after you hear the last sound of thunder.

Indoor Lightning Safety

  • Stay off corded phones, computers and other electrical equipment that put you in direct contact with electricity.
  • Avoid plumbing, including sinks, baths and faucets.
  • Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches.
  • Do not lie on concrete floors, and do not lean against concrete walls.