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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 during the storm.
  • WALK CAREFULLY on snowy, icy walkways.
  • KEEP DRY. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat.
  • BE AWARE of the symptoms of medical cold emergencies. See “MEDICAL EMERGENCY” section of this guide for information on first aid during cold emergencies.
  • If outdoors, PREVENT medical cold emergencies by wearing warm, loose- fitting, lightweight clothing in several layers.
  • MINIMIZE TRAVEL. Drive only if it is absolutely necessary. Travel in the day; don’t travel alone; keep others informed of your schedule; stay on main roads and avoid back road shortcuts. Let someone know travel destination, travel route, and expected time of arrival at travel destination.