Inclement Weather Safety Procedures
The following recommendations for procedures to follow in the event of storms and their potential effects are condensed from information provided by FEMA.
If a flood is likely in your area, you should:
- Be aware of local radio or television for information.
- Move immediately to higher floors or ground:
- Do not wait for instructions to move.
- Be aware of streams, drainage channels and other areas known to flood suddenly.
- Do not walk through moving water:
- Six inches of moving water can make you fall. If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving.
- A foot of water will float most cars.
- Do not drive into flooded areas:
- Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and pick-ups.
- If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely.
Lightning and Thunder:
If thunder roars, you should:
- Go indoors because no place outside is safe when lightning is in the area.
- Stay indoors until 30 minutes have passed after you hear the last clap of thunder.
- Get inside a hard–top automobile (not a convertible).
- Although you may be injured if lightning strikes your car, you are much safer inside a vehicle than outside.
- Remember, rubber–soled shoes and rubber tires provide NO protection from lightning. However, the steel frame of a hard–topped vehicle provides increased protection if you are not touching metal.
- Avoid contact with corded phones.
- Avoid metal—motorcycles, golf–type carts and bicycles.
- Avoid natural lightning rods such as a tall, isolated tree in an open area or electrical equipment.
- Avoid contact with plumbing.
- Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off balconies.
- Do not lean against concrete walls.
- Avoid hilltops, open fields and the beach.
- Avoid isolated sheds or other small structures in open areas.
If in a structure:
- Go to a pre–designated shelter area such as a safe room or the lowest building level.
- If there is no lower level in the building, go to the center of an interior room away from corners, windows, doors and outside walls.
- Put as many walls as possible between you and the outside.
- Get under a sturdy table and use your arms to protect your head and neck.
- Do not open windows.
If in a vehicle:
- Get out immediately and go to the lowest floor of a sturdy, nearby building or a storm shelter. If no structure is available, shelter in a ditch and cover your head.
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