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Thunderstorms & Lightening

Thunderstorms & Lightening

Lightening is a leading cause of injury and death from weather-related hazards. Although most lightening victims survive, people struck by lightening often report a variety of long-term, debilitating symptoms. Thunderstorms are dangerous storms that include lightening and can:


When thunder roars, go indoors!

Move from outdoors into a building or car.

Pay attention to alerts and warnings.

Unplug appliances.

Do not use landline phones.

Prepare Now

How to stay safe when a Thunderstorm Threatens

Know your area's risk

Know your area’s risk for thunderstorms. In most places, they can occur year-round and at any hour.


Create an Emergency Plan

Create an emergency plan so that you and your family know what to do, where to go, and what you will need to protect yourselves from the effects of a thunderstorm during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Signup for Emergency Alerts

Sign up for your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts. Sign up for email updates and follow the latest guidelines about coronavirus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and your local authorities to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Identify Nearby Shelter

Identify nearby, sturdy buildings close to where you live, work, study, and play.

Clear Trees Near Your Home

Cut down or trim trees that may be in danger of falling on your home.

Protect against Lightning

Consider buying surge protectors, lightning rods, or a lightning protection system to protect your home, appliances, and electronic devices.

Survive DURING

When thunder roars, go indoors!

When thunder roars, go indoors. A sturdy building is the safest place to be during a thunderstorm.

Pay attention to weather reports and warnings of thunderstorms. Be ready to change plans, if necessary, to be near shelter.

When you receive a thunderstorm warning or hear thunder, go inside immediately.

Be safe Indoors

If indoors, avoid running water or using landline phones. Electricity can travel through plumbing and phone lines. Do not wash your hands with soap and water. Instead, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Avoid flooded roadways

Avoid flooded roadways. Turn Around. Don’t Drown! Just six inches of fast-moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away. There is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread by water, however floodwaters may contain debris, chemicals, or waste that are harmful to your health.

Protect your property

Protect your property. Unplug appliances and other electric devices. Secure outside furniture.

Water recreation safety

If boating or swimming, get to land and find a sturdy, grounded shelter or vehicle immediately.

Outdoor safety

If necessary, take shelter in a car with a metal top and sides. Do not touch anything metal. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.


Stay Tuned-in

Listen to authorities and weather forecasts for information on whether it is safe to go outside and instructions regarding potential flash flooding.

Report downed power lines and trees

Watch for fallen power lines and trees. Report them immediately.

If you are sick and need Medical attention:

If you are sick and need medical attention, contact your healthcare provider for further care instructions and shelter in place, if possible. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 9-1-1 and let the operator know if you have, or think you might have, or have been exposed to COVID-19. If possible, put on a mask before help arrives.

Continue to follow safety protocols for COVID-19

Continue taking steps to protect yourself from COVID-19 and other infectious diseases by washing your hands often and cleaning commonly touched surfaces with disinfecting products.

Take care of yourself

Engage virtually with your community through video and phone calls. Know that it’s normal to feel anxious or stressed. Take care of your body and talk to someone if you are feeling upset. Many people may already feel fear and anxiety about the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). The threat of a thunderstorm can add additional stress. Follow CDC guidance for managing stress during a traumatic event and managing stress during COVID-19.