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Lightning and thunderstorms

If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to the storm to be struck by lightning. Go to safe shelter immediately, and listen to local radio and TV stations for information and instructions. Make sure your NOAA weather radio is turned on.

When a storm approaches, unplug appliances and turn off the air conditioner. Avoid using the telephone or any electrical appliances, and do not take a bath or shower.

If you are in the woods, take shelter under the shorter trees. If you are boating or swimming, get to land and find shelter immediately!

If you can't find shelter, go to a low-lying, open place away from trees, poles or metal objects. Squat low to the ground, and place your hands on your knees with your head between them. Do not lie flat on the ground!

After the storm passes, stay away from storm-damaged areas. Listen to the radio or watch local TV stations for information and instructions.

If someone is struck by lightning, he or she does not carry an electrical charge and can be handled safely. Call 911 and give first aid.

Basic first aid skills can be invaluable, so learn them now. See your local yellow pages for a list of providers who teach first aid classes.