WHAT YOU CAN DO
- Before the storm: Check weather forecasts
ahead of time. Know the area you're in. Watch the sky. Listen
to NOAA broadcasts for "watches"(stormy conditions likely),
or "warnings"(actual storms).
- If you are boating or swimming, get to
land and find shelter right away.
- Best shelter is in a sturdy building or
- Outdoors, shelter is in a low area under
shorter trees when tall trees are nearby. Take off a metal frame
pack. Put on your rain gear.
- Do not take shelter in small sheds, under
isolated trees, or under tall trees when shorter trees are nearby.
- Stay away from metal items like pipes,
fences, telephone poles and lines. Use the telephone only in an
emergency. Do not take a bath or shower, and don't hold an electrical
- If you feel your skin tingle or your hair
stand on end, Do the "LIGHTNING SAFE CROUCH
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 with the
ground. Stay this way until the storm passes, perhaps 15 to 45
This web page was written by Jack Wright,
Skymont Scout Reservation, Chattanooga, Tennessee
with web authoring assistance by Michael F. Bowman,