Listen to a NOAA Weather
Radio, or local radio or television stations for updated
information. Local authorities will provide you with the
best information for your particular situation.
Avoid natural lightning
rods such as golf clubs, fishing poles, tractors, bicycles, and
camping equipment. Lightning is attracted to metal and
poles or rods.
Be prepared to seek
shelter if a severe thunderstorm approaches. A sturdy
building is the safest place to be during a severe thunderstorm.
Avoid unprotected gazebos, rain or picnic shelters, golf carts,
baseball dugouts and bleachers. While many people take shelter
from rain in these locations, they are often isolated structures
in otherwise open areas, and, therefore, a target for lightning.
In addition, gazebos and picnic shelters are often poorly anchored
and subject to being uprooted and blown around in strong
thunderstorm winds. They also offer little protection from large
If you perceive a severe thunderstorm approaching:
Secure outdoor objects
such as lawn furniture that could blow away or cause damage or
injury. Take light objects inside.
Shutter windows securely
and brace outside doors. This will help protect your house
from damaging winds or flying debris.
equipment and telephones. Lightning could follow the wire.
Television sets are particularly dangerous at this time.
Avoid bathtubs, water
faucets, and sinks because metal pipes can transmit electricity.