Thunderstorm Prep: be ready.

     When thunderstorms are rolling your way, stay safe with these helpful tips from the American Red Cross:
· Listen to local news or NOAA Weather Radio for
emergency updates. Watch for signs of a storm,
like darkening skies, lightning flashes or increasing
wind.
· Postpone outdoor activities if thunderstorms are
likely to occur. Many people struck by lightning are
not in the area where rain is occurring.
· If a severe thunderstorm warning is issued, take
shelter in a substantial building or in a vehicle with
the windows closed. Get out of mobile homes that
can blow over in high winds.
· If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be
in danger from lightning. If thunder roars, go
indoor. The National Weather Service recommends
staying inside for at least 30 minutes after the last
thunder clap.
· Avoid electrical equipment and telephones. Use
battery-powered TVs and radios instead.
· Shutter windows and close outside doors securely.
Keep away from windows.
· Do not take a bath, shower or use plumbing.
· If you are driving, try to safely exit the roadway
and park. Stay in the vehicle and turn on the
emergency flashers until the heavy rain ends. Avoid
touching metal or other surfaces that conduct
electricity in and outside the vehicle.
· If you are outside and cannot reach a safe building,
avoid high ground water, tall trees, and
metal objects such as fences or bleachers. Picnic
shelters, dugouts and sheds are NOT safe.
            Source: American Red Cross