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Severe lightning – Are you ready?

Submitted by on 2018/07/11 – 8:30 am

Severe weather like electrical storms and tornadoes may require you to take precautions to avoid injury. This is the second in a series of articles to help you understand the best shelter options in your workspace so that you can keep yourself safe until the severe weather passes.

Potential safety threats during an electrical storm include lightning, high winds and heavy rainfall. In the case of a severe electrical storm:

  • If you are outside and cannot find shelter, avoid hilltops, rooftops, utility poles, trees, open water and open fields. Avoid contact with anything metal.
  • If you are caught outdoors, do not lie flat on the ground. Crouch low to the ground and remain on the balls of your feet. Put your head between your knees and cover your ears with your hands.
  • If you are indoors, unplug appliances and electrical items to avoid power surges from lightning.
  • Continue to monitor local weather reports. Don’t go outside until 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder.

Watch in August for the next article on what to do during a tornado.

This article is brought to you by the Office of Emergency Management 

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