Know What To Do:
Before the Storm:
- Develop a plan for you and your family at home, work, school and when you may be outdoors.
- Identify a safe place to take shelter should threatening weather approach your area.
- Have frequent drills of your weather preparedness plan.
- Know the county where you live or are visiting. The National Weather Service issues severe weather warnings on a county by county basis.
- Keep a highway map nearby to follow storm movement from weather bulletins when they are issued.
- Have a NOAA Weather radio with a warning alarm tone and battery back-up to receive warnings, and leave on, especially at night while you are sleeping.
- Listen to local radio and television stations for additional weather information.
- Check the weather forecast before going outdoors for extended periods of times.
- Keep an eye to the sky to watch for signs of approaching storms.
- If severe weather threatens, be prepared to check on people who are elderly, very young, or physically and or mentally disabled.
"When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors"
During the Storm:
When Thunderstorms Approach....
- Remember: if you can hear thunder, you are close enough to a storm to be struck by lightning. Go to safe shelter immediately. Move to a sturdy building or car. Do not take shelter in small sheds, under isolated trees, or in a convertible automobile.
- If lightning is occurring and a sturdy shelter is not available, get inside a hardtop automobile and keep the windows up.
- Get out of boats and away from water.
- Telephone lines and metal pipes can conduct electricity. Unplug appliances not necessary to obtain weather information.
- Avoid using telephones or any electrical appliance. Use phones ONLY in an emergency.
- Do not take a bath or shower.
- Turn off air conditioner. Power surges from lightning can overload the compressors.
- Get to higher ground if flash floods are possible. Once flooding begins, abandon cars and climb to higher ground. Do not attempt to drive to safety. Note: Most flash flood deaths occur in automobiles.
- If Caught Outdoors and No Shelter is Nearby.....
- Find a low spot away from trees, fences and poles. Make sure the place you pick is not subject to flooding.
- If you are in the woods, take shelter under shorter trees.
- If you feel your skin tingle or your hair stand on end, squat low to the ground on the balls of your feet.
- Place your hands on your knees with your head between them. Make yourself the smallest target possible and minimize your contact to the ground.
- If you are boating or swimming, get to land and find shelter immediately.
After the Storm:
- The following are guidelines for the period after a storm:
- Remain calm and remain in a place of shelter until advised by emergency personnel that it is safe to leave.
- Promptly treat any injuries you or others suffered during the event.
- Call for medical assistance. Do not move seriously injured people unless they are in immediate danger of
- further injury.
- Do not light matches, burn candles, or turn on electrical switches if you suspect damage to your facility or place of residence. Any of these actions can ignite fires. Use a flashlight or battery-powered lantern.
- Do not touch downed power lines or objects in contact with downed power lines. Report electrical hazards to the police and the utility company.
- If you smell gas or suspect a leak, turn off the main gas valve, open all windows and leave the building immediately.
- Notify the police or fire departments. Do not do anything that could cause a spark.
Download the full WKYC Severe Weather Guide: http://www.wkyc.com/story/weather/2014/03/31/severe-weather-safety-guide/6985731/
More flooding safety tips from Cuyahoga County:
Safety Tips During a Flood…
- Never drive through moving water or standing water.
- If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and safely move to higher ground.
- Avoid walking through moving water. As little as 6 inches of moving water can cause injury.
- If you have to walk in water, whenever possible walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.
- Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.
- Notify the utilities company if you notice downed power lines.
Safety Tips During Flood Evacuation…
- If advised to evacuate your home, do so immediately.
- If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground.
- If possible, move essential items to an upper floor.
Safety Tips After a Flood…
- Listen for news reports to learn whether the community's water supply is safe to drink.
- Avoid floodwaters. Water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline, or raw sewage.
- Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded. Roads may have weakened and could collapse under the weight of a car.