Get Prepared Now for Severe Thunderstorms

As several regions throughout the United States continue to prepare for severe storm weather, there is no better time than now to assess the effects of thunderstorms and how to prepare for them. While only 10 percent of the 100,000 thunderstorms that occur in the United States each year are classified as severe, it only takes one to wreak havoc on your business or home.

To aid those in severe weather areas, the National Disaster Education Coalition — which includes the American Red Cross, FEMA, IAEM, IBHS, NFPA, NWS, USDA/CSREES, and USGS — offers tips on how to prepare for a severe storm.

  • Learn about your area’s severe thunderstorm risk by contacting your local emergency management office, local National Weather Service office, or American Red Cross chapter for more information.
  • Tornadoes develop from severe thunderstorms along and ahead of cold fronts. Become educated on how to spot potential tornado risk.
  • Pick a safe place in your home where family members can gather during a thunderstorm away from windows, skylights, or glass doors. Consider making your severe thunderstorm “safe place” on the lowest floor of the building.
  • Make yourself the smallest target possible for lightning and minimize contact with the ground.
  • Learn about your community’s severe storm warning system.
  • Discuss severe thunderstorms with your family. Discussing disaster ahead of time helps reduce fear and aids in early preparedness.

For more tips on how to prepare for and how to respond after a severe thunderstorm, visit: http://www.disastercenter.com/guide/thunder.pdf