Weather - Severe Conditions
If you see or hear threatening weather (i.e. tornado, high winds, lightning, etc.) or learn that a Warning has been issued for your area:
- Seek shelter and get inside immediately to an interior room or hallway.
- Shut all doors and windows.
- Stay away from exterior windows and doors.
- Seek information on the status of the weather.
- DO NOT go outside until the storm has passed.
- After the storm has ended, be aware of downed wires and falling objects.
If lightning threatens when you are inside a building, stay inside. Stay away from open doors or windows, radiators, metal pipes, sinks and plug-in electrical objects. Avoid using the telephone and the computer until the lightning storm has passed.
If lightning strikes when you are outside of a building, seek shelter in a building if possible. If no buildings are available, seek shelter in a ditch or ravine. Avoid the highest object in the area and avoid being the highest object yourself. If only isolated trees are nearby, the best protection is to crouch or lie in the open, keeping at least as far away from the isolated trees as they are high. If you are wearing or carrying anything metal, get rid of it until the lightning storm passes. If you feel an electrical charge (hair stands on end, skin tingles), lightning might be about to strike you. Drop to your knees, bend forward and put your hands on your knees.
Persons struck by lightning typically receive a severe electrical shock and may be burned. Call 911. They retain no electrical charge and can be handled safely. A person struck by lightning can often be revived by prompt application of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
If a winter storm threatens the area, stay inside and limit travel to only absolutely necessary trips. If you need to go outside, dress for the season wearing several layers of loose fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. The outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent. During a winter storm, remember that:
- Mittens are better than gloves.
- Wear a hat as most body heat is lost throught the top of the head.
- Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.
Watch for signs of frostbite: loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in the extremities such as fingers, toes, ear lobes, or the tip of the nose. If symptoms are detected, seek medical help immediately.
Watch for signs of hypothermia: uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness and apparent exhaustion. If symptoms are detected, get the victim to a warm location, remove any wet clothing, warm the center of the body first and give warm, non-alcoholic beverages, if the victim is conscious. Get medical help as soon as possible.