Information on Thunderstorms

Thunderstorms are intense local storms averaging 20 miles across and reaching as high as 10 miles. They are always accompanied by lightning. Thunderstorms occur in all 50 states and U.S. territories.

Be prepared by having family members do the activities on the checklist below. Then get together to discuss and finalize your Family Disaster Plan.

Family Disaster Plan

  1. thunderstormsPick a safe place in your home where family members can gather during a thunderstorm. This place should have no windows, skylights, or glass doors.
  2. Discuss how you would know if a tornado were part of a thunderstorm. Does your community have a warning system? What other ways would you be notified of a tornado watch or warning?
  3. Show children how to practice squatting low to the ground to be the smallest target possible for lightning in case they get caught outside in a thunderstorm. Show them how to place their hands on their knees with their head between their knees.
  4. Assemble an Emergency Supplies Kit in a clearly labeled, easy-to-grab container.
  5. Take an American Red Cross first aid course to learn how to treat burns and how to give rescue breathing and administer CPR.

Plan and Get Ready for a Thunderstorm

home distroyed by a stormHere's what you can do to prepare yourself and your family for a thunderstorm:

  1. Before lightning strikes ...
  2. When a storm approaches ...
  3. If caught outside ...
  4. Protecting yourself outside ...
  5. Be a very small target ...
  6. After the storm passes ...
  7. If someone is struck by lightning ...
  8. Learn First Aid and CPR ...

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