Citizen Emergency

What to do during Thunderstorms and Lightning

Emergency Procedure


  • Postpone outdoor activities
  • Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.
  • Shutter windows and secure outside doors.  If shutters are not available, close window blinds, shades, or curtains.
  • Use your battery-operated weather radio for updates from local officials.



  • Get inside a home, building, or hard top automobile (not a convertible).  Although you may be injured if lightning strikes your car, you are much safer inside a vehicle than outside.
  • Remember, rubber-soled shoes and rubber tires provide NO protection from lightning.  However, the steel frame of a hard-topped vehicle provides increased protection if you are not touching metal.
  • Avoid showering or bathing.  Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity.
  • Use a corded telephone only for emergencies.  Cordless and cellular telephones are safe to use.
  • Unplug appliances and other electrical items such as computers and turn off air conditioners.  Power surges from lightning can cause serious damage.


Additional Information from FEMA on Thunderstorms and Lightning