Warmer weather is here and with that comes the chance for severe thunderstorms. Here are some safety tips for before, during, and after a thunderstorm.
- Make a plan of action and ensure all family members know the plan. Don’t forget about planning for your pets.
- Assemble an emergency kit.
- Get rid of dead and rotting trees that could fall and injure someone or cause property damage.
- Secure outdoor objects and doors
- Close the blinds, shades, or curtains.
- Unplug electronic equipment and appliances.
- Use a battery powered weather radio.
- Avoid contact with corded phones and devices. Cell phones that are not plugged in for recharging are fine.
- Avoid contact with plumbing. Don’t get in the shower, wash your hands, or do the dishes or laundry during this time.
- Don’t lie on concrete floors or lean against concrete walls.
- Avoid contact with anything metal including motorcycles, golf carts, golf clubs, bicycles, and tractors.
- If you’re in a vehicle, pull over safely, put the emergency flashers on, and avoid touching metal.
- Don’t drive through a flooded roadway.
- Resist the urge to go look at storm damaged areas.
- Stay tuned to the weather radio.
- Keep a close eye on your animals.