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Lightning...the underrated killer

Lightning Intro
Did you Know
Lightning Safety
Myths vs. Facts



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Be Prepared BEFORE The Storm Arrives!

Know the county you live in. Severe weather warnings are issued on a county basis. It's also helpful to know thePicture of Counties names of the major cities nearby. Our county warning map is available here.

Keep a NOAA Weather Radio or AM/FM radio with you. Weather radio will Picture of Weather Radios keep you informed with up to the minute broadcasts of watches, warnings and other hazardous weather information. MORE Weather Radio INFO

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When Thunderstorms Approach...


Move to a sturdy building or car. Do not take shelter in small sheds, under isolated trees, or in convertible automobiles.


If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be stuck. Go to a safe shelter immediately!


Get out of boats and stay away from water.


Avoid using the telephone or any electrical appliances. Phones should only be used in an emergency.


Do NOT take a bath or shower. Water and pipes can conduct electricity.


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Picture of Arrow Additional Preparedness Information is Available in our Preparedness Section. Picture of Arrow

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If Caught Outdoors and No Shelter is Nearby...

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Boaters and swimmers should get out of the water immediately!

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Find a low spot away from trees, fences and poles.

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If you are in the woods, take shelter under the shorter trees.

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If you feel your skin tingle or your hair stand on end, squat low to the ground on the balls of your feet. Place you hands on your knees with your head between them. Make yourself the smallest target possible, and minimize your contact with the ground.