Arizona is home to many weather dangers, including regular-occurring thunderstorms. Thunderstorms can bring high winds, heavy rains and lightning; however, there are ways to stay safe when these storms hit.
If a thunderstorm is likely in your area, follow these simple tips:
· Postpone outdoor activities.
· Get inside a home, building or hardtop automobile.
· Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.
· Shutter windows and secure outside doors.
· Do not shower or bathe. 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 and turn off air conditioners.
· Use battery-operated or hand-crank NOAA Weather Radio for updates from local officials.
If You Are Outdoors
· In a forest, seek shelter in a low area under a thick growth of small trees. Avoid the tallest trees.
· In an open area, go to a low place like a ravine or valley, but watch for flooding.
· On open water, get to land and find shelter.
· If you feel your hair stand on end, a lightning strike is about to happen:
1. Squat low but don't lie down.
2. Place your hands over your ears, and head between your knees.
During a storm, avoid hazardous areas.
For more information on thunderstorm preparedness, visit:
· Just in Case Arizona