Learn thunderstorm and lightning safety tips

In recognition of Ohio’s Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week (March 20-26), the university’s Office of Resiliency is providing important information and suggestions on how to prepare for inclement weather in Ohio.

During the spring, there is an increased possibility of flooding, severe thunderstorms and tornadoes, along with high winds, hail and lightning. And though tornadoes can occur at any time, they are more common in late spring and early summer. To help better prepare for these events, here are a few safety tips for thunderstorms and lightning:

Before the Storm

  • Know your risk level. Thunderstorms can occur year round, but typically happen in the spring and summer.
  • Sign up for emergency alerts.
  • Cut down trees that could fall on your house.
  • Buy surge protectors for appliances and electronics.

During the Storm

  • Seek shelter in a sturdy building away from windows, exterior doors, and walls.
  • Do not use elevators.
  • Do not open windows in an attempt to equalize building pressure.
  • Stay away from objects that could cause injury if knocked over.
  • If outside, seek shelter immediately. Keep your head and body low to the ground and try to minimize contact with the ground.

After the Storm

  • Listen to local authorities and weather forecasts for more information.
  • Wait at least 30 minutes after the last rumble of thunder to go outdoors.
  • Report fallen power lines and trees.

Learn more about thunderstorm and lightning facts and safety tips.

As always, it’s important to make sure your contact information is up to date in Case Western Reserve University’s Rave emergency communications system so we can contact you in the event of an emergency—whether severe weather or otherwise. Check your contact information today.