ST. MARTIN PARISH OFFICE OF HOMELAND SECURITY & EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

LIGHTNING
Lightning is one of nature's most fascinating phenomena, but it is also one of the most dangerous.  Lightning accounts for over 200 deaths in the United States each year.  Lightning always accompanies a thunderstorm.

BEFORE THE STORM
  • Check the weather forecast before leaving for extended periods outdoors.
  • Watch for signs of approaching storms.
  • If a storm is approaching, keep a NOAA weather radio or AM/FM radio with you.
  • Postpone outdoor activities if thunderstorms are imminent.
  • Check on those who have trouble taking shelter.

WHEN THUNDERSTORMS APPROACH

  • If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to the storm to be struck by lightning.  Go to a safe shelter immediately!

  • Move to a sturdy building or car.  Do not seek shelter under a tree.

  • Get out of boats and away from the water.

  • It is advisable to stay off of the telephone and avoid using the computer, television, or other electrial appliances during a thunderstorm.  The current associated with a lightning strike can travel through power, cable and telephone lines.

  • Do not take a bath or shower.