The American Red Cross offers the following checklist to help you “Be Red Cross Ready” in the event that local authorities issue a severe thunderstorm warning.
Before Lightning Strikes
- Keep an eye on the sky. Look for darkening skies, flashes of light or increasing winds. Listen for the sound of thunder.
- If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to the storm to be struck by lightning. Go to safe shelter immediately.
When Storm Approaches
- Find shelter in a building or car. Keep car windows closed and avoid convertibles.
- Unplug appliances. Avoid using the telephone or any electrical appliances. (Leaving electric lights on, does not increase the chances of your home being struck by lightening.)
- Avoid taking a bath or shower, or running water for any other purpose.
If Caught Outside
- Go to low-lying, open place away from trees, poles or metal objects. Make sure the place you pick is not flooding.
- Squat low to the ground. Place your hands on your knees with your head between them.
- If you are boating or swimming, get to land and find shelter immediately.