Get Ready for Summer Storms
Article was added on Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Thunder and lightning rolling your way?
Weather summer storms safely with these helpful
All thunderstorms produce lightning and all have the potential
for danger. Those dangers can include tornadoes, strong winds,
hail, wildfires, and flash flooding, which is responsible for more
fatalities than any other thunderstorm-related hazard.
In the United States, lightning kills 300 people and injures 80
on average, each year. And lightning's risk to individuals and
property increases because of its unpredictability―it often strikes
outside of heavy rainfall , up to 10 miles away.
Ready America, a national public service campaign from the
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), champions the 30/30
Lightning Safety Rule. Go indoors if, after seeing lightning, you
cannot count to 30 before hearing thunder. Stay indoors for 30
minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder.
It's also important to be familiar with the terms used to
identify thunderstorm hazards. For instance, a thunderstorm watch
means there is a possibility of a thunderstorm in your area. A
thunderstorm warning means a thunderstorm is occurring or will
likely occur soon. If you are advised to take shelter, do so
There are several things you can do to prepare your home for
- Remove dead or rotting trees and branches that could fall and
cause injury or damage during a severe thunderstorm.
- Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause
- Shutter windows and secure outside doors. If shutters are not
available, close window blinds, shades , or curtains.
Finally, as with all emergency situations, listen to the
instructions given by local emergency management officials. For
more tips on weathering storms safely, visit www.ready.gov.
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