Eddy County Emergency Management

SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS

ALL THUNDERSTORMS CAN BE DANGEROUS PARTICULARLY BECAUSE OF THE LIGHTNING THEY PRODUCE

  • Lightning kills an average of 300 people per year in the US and injures 80 more.
  • Know The 30/30 Lighting Safety Rule: If you cannot count to 30 between the time you see the lightning and hear the thunder, you need to get indoors.  Then, stay indoors for 30 minutes after you hear the last clap of thunder.
  • Know what these weather terms mean:  Severe Thunderstorm Watch means there is a POSIBILITY of a severe thunderstorm in your area.  Severe Thunderstorm Warning means a thunderstorm is occurring or will likely occur soon, in your area.
  • Listen to local TV and radio stations or your NOAA Weather Radio (make sure you have a hand-cranked or battery powered radio in case of a power outage).
  • Listen for Emergency Warning Sirens.  If you hear the siren, go to a storm cellar or basement if you have one, or take shelter in the lowest floor of your house in an interior room or hallway.  Stay away from doors, windows and outside walls.
  • When heading outdoors, check the weather forecast and watch for signs of approaching storms. 
  • If severe weather threatens, check on the elderly and those with special needs.
  • Be prepared to take shelter if the storm looks like it could produce a tornado or to evacuate in the case of flash flooding.  If you are required to evacuate, make sure everyone grabs their Go Bag.  Don't forget your pet and your pet's Go Bag!