Severe Thunderstorms

When you hear thunder or see lightning, immediately get inside a sturdy building or enclosed vehicle with a metal roof.

  • Do not take shelter in small sheds, gazebos, dugouts, or bleachers.
  • Do not touch anything metal.
  • If boating or swimming, get to land and find a sturdy, grounded shelter or vehicle immediately.
  • When you expect thunderstorms, plan to be near sturdy shelter. Find a safe location nearby to immediately go to at the first sound of thunder.
  • Cut down or trim trees that may be in danger of falling on your home.
  • Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.
  • Charge your mobile phone before the storm arrives. Unplug all chargers when the storm arrives.
  • During thunderstorms, avoid running water or using landline phones. Electricity can travel through plumbing and phone lines.

Thunderstorms, lightening and hail are serious dangers. Refer to FEMA’s severe thunderstorm fact sheet for more information about staying safe during a severe thunderstorm.