What to do DURING THE STORM
- Use your battery operated NOAA Weather Radio for updates from local officials
- Avoid contact with coded phones. Use a corded telephone only for emergencies. Cordless and cellular telephones are safe to use.
- Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords. Unplug appliances and other electrical items such as computers and turn off air conditioners. Power surges from lightning can cause serious damage.
- Avoid contact with plumbing. Do not wash your hands, do not take a shower, do not wash dishes, and do not do laundry. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct elecricity
- Stay away from windows and doors, and stay away off porches
- Do not lie on concrete floors and do not lean against concrete walls
- Avoid natural lightning rods such as tall, isolated tree in an open area
- Avoid hilltops, open fields, the beach or a boat on the water
- Take shelter in a sturdy building. Avoid isolated sheds or other small structures in open areas
- Avoid contact with anything metal
- If you are driving, try to safety exit the roadway and park. Stay in the vehicle and turn on the emergency flashers until the heavy rain ends. Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that conduct electricity in and outside the vehicle.