How to Stay Safe During a Natural Disaster
Severe thunderstorms bring gusting winds, hail, and lightning, which kills more people each year than tornados or hurricanes do.
How to stay safe: If you’re outdoors and hear thunder, lightning is sure to follow. Seek refuge indoors or in a hard-topped metal car immediately: Lightning can strike as far as 10 miles away from the area where it’s raining. If you are stuck outdoors with no shelter in sight, minimize yourself and your point of contact with the ground to improve your odds slightly, says Stephanie Abrams, a meteorologist for the Weather Channel. “Squat down to be at the lowest point, and balance on the balls of your feet to have as little connecting you to the ground as possible,” she says. Indoors, electrical currents can travel through pipes and wires. Avoid showering during a storm or coming into contact with plugged-in devices, like computers and phones, says Abrams.
No matter what: Don’t think that rubber-soled shoes or rubber tires will protect you from lightning strikes. They won't.