How to Prepare and Safely Weather a Thunderstorm

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The following information is provided by the American Red Cross, FEMA and United States Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Thunderstorms and Lightening

All thunderstorms are dangerous!  Every thunderstorm produces lightning. Associated dangers of thunderstorms include tornadoes, strong winds, hail and flash flooding.

Severe Tunderstorm Watch – Severe thunderstorms are possible in and near the watch area. Stay informed and be ready to act if a severe thunderstorm warning is issued.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning – Severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property.

To prepare for a thunderstorm, you should do the following:

If a thunderstorm and lightning are occurring in your area, you should:

After a thunderstorm or lightning strike, you should:

HOW TO PREPARE FOR AND HANDLE POWER OUTAGES FOR MEDICAL DEVICES THAT REQUIRE ELECTRICITY.  Go to:

http://www.fda.gov/downloads/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/HomeHealthandConsumer/UCM252812.pdf

Connecticut residents with mobile smartphones, Apple and Android devices, can download the CTPrepares App., to access emergency information and alerts, free of charge, during an emergency event.  Services on the mobile application include creating an interactive emergency kit, developing a customized family communication plan, connect with utility companies, check weather reports, and have access to emergency preparation guides, so to be more informed during emergencies.  Visit the CT.Gov Website: Emergency Management site at the following for more details and to sign up: http://portal.ct.gov/Emergency-Preparedness/

Power Outages:
Sudden power outages can be frustrating and troublesome, especially when they last a long time.  If a power outage is 2 hours or less, you need not be concerned about losing your perishable foods.  For prolonged power outages, though, there are steps you can take to minimize food loss and to keep all members of your household as comfortable as possible.

Keep food as safe as possible.

Electrical equipment:

Using generators safely:

 

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SOURCES: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), American Red Cross, and NOAA
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CONTENT LAST REVIEWED: July2017