Storm season is officially upon us. June happens to be Lightning and wildfire safety month. Emergency Management is going to provide some information on lightning and general storm preparedness.
Contrary to popular belief, lightning can strike the same place twice. Multiple times, really. One has to wonder how many times the Eiffel Tower has been struck, or skyscrapers, lakes, and the list goes on.
There are different types of lightning – Cloud to ground and cloud to cloud. Cloud to ground lightning is generally the lightning that strikes to any object in its path.
Lightning can strike before and after a thunderstorm has rolled through the area. If you see lightning, seek shelter immediately and wait about 30 minutes after the storm has passed before resuming activities outdoors.
A person can survive a lightning strike, there are potential symptoms a person struck by lightning may exhibit:
- Memory loss
- Other symptoms may occur in addition to or in place of the above mentioned
The age old of counting after seeing a flash of lightning has merit. A lightning flash with a five second delay is approx. a mile away. For every five increment, add a mile (i.e. Lightning flashes and you count to 15 before hearing the thunder would mean the lightning is approx. 3 miles away)
- Seek shelter immediately during a thunderstorm
- If out on a lake, get back to shore and seek shelter – it is possible to be hit by lightning while on a boat
- Always check the forecast before heading out – weather does change rapidly and a storm that was not predicted may arise – be aware and be prepared
- Stay away from metal objects and landline telephones
- Do NOT seek shelter under a tree
- Lightning strikes have a radius of about 60 feet or less around the point of impact
- If camping, move tent to a lower location if possible if shelter is unavailable – be aware of rainfall and the possibility for flash flooding
More tips and facts throughout the month! Stay safe and plan ahead!