Devin Peterson on 8/25/2011
to Emergency Preparedness
Many people die every year during thunder storms or tropical storms because of avoidable conditions. Lightning, wind, and rain are a few things that cause such accidents, but there are precautions you can take to prevent these things from hurting you and your family. Below is a list of things you should and should not do during a storm.
Things to do BEFORE a storm:
Be prepared beforehand, check out our
Emergency Gear Checklist
for a list of all the essential survival tools you may need.
Keep updated with current conditions by radio or news channels. Keep your cell phone device nearby and charged. (Phones with cords should not be used)
Secure or bring in all outdoor furniture and items, keep trees and plants trimmed, cover windows with storm shutters or plywood.
Turn off utilities (except refrigerator) and propane tanks.
Things to do DURING a storm:
Stay inside, preferably downstairs and away from outside walls and windows.
Avoid "natural lightning rods" like trees in open fields and small sheds, golf clubs, carts, bicycles, hill tops, etc...
If driving, stay in your car. It is not the rubber that protects you, it is being on the inside of a metal shell. Electric charge is only present on the outside of a metal shell.
Avoid using water as sometimes charge can flow through the pipe system and into a bathtub or sink.
Turn of power appliances to prevent surges.
Keep updated on weather conditions.
comments powered by Disqus.