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General guidance for natural disasters includes:
  • DO NOT use matches or lighters, in case of leaking natural gas pipes or nearby fuel tanks.
  • Crouch down and cover your head. Interior stairwells are good places to take shelter.
  • DO help direct people with special needs to a safe place.
  • Stay indoors, do not exit building or use elevators.
  • Stay away from all windows and avoid being underneath heavy objects that may fall.
  • Remain calm and alert; listen for information and instructions from emergency crews and/or local officials.

About 10% of all thunderstorms are classified as severe—ones that produce large hail, have winds of 58 miles per hour of higher or produce a tornado.*

*National Weather Service

  • STAY INDOORS as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun.
  • DRINK plenty of WATER. Avoid drinks with caffeine.
  • EAT well-balanced, light and regular meals.
  • LIMIT intake of alcoholic beverages.
  • AVOID strenuous work during the warmest part of the day.
  • DRESS in loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible. Wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect face and head.
  • BE AWARE of the symptoms of medical heat emergencies. See “MEDICAL EMERGENCY” section of this guide for information on first aid during heat emergencies.