National Lightning Safety Awareness Week
June 18 – 24, 2023
According to Ready.gov, lightning is a leading cause of injury and death from weather-related hazards. Although most lightning victims survive, people struck by lightning often report a variety of long-term, debilitating symptoms.
Thunderstorms & Lightning Preparedness
Know Your Risk
Know your area’s risk for thunderstorms. In most places they can occur year-round and at any hour.
Protect Your Home
Cut down or trim trees that may be in danger of falling on your home, learn more about preparing the Urban Canopy with EDEN’s Webinar here! Consider buying surge protectors, lightning rods or a lightning protection system to protect your home, appliances and electronic devices, learn more about power outage safety here.
Stay Safe During Thunderstorms & Lightning
Tips for Thunderstorm Safety from Ready.gov.
- When thunder roars, go indoors! Move from outdoors into a building or car with a roof.
- Pay attention to alerts and warnings.
- Avoid using electronic devices connected to an electrical outlet.
- Avoid running water.
- Turn Around. Don’t Drown! Do not drive through flooded roadways. Just six inches of fast-moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
More Resources Here
- Thunder and Lightning Fact Sheet from University of California Extension
- Protective Actions Research for Thunderstorm, Lightning, and Hail from FEMA
- NOAA Watch
- National Weather Service Lightning Facts: This website will teach you how to stay safe and offer insight into the science of lightning. You’ll find animated books about lightning, safety tips for all kinds of situations, games for kids and resources for teachers. You’ll learn about lightning victims and survivors. Explore our site, and come and visit often! En Espanol.
- Youtube: Lightning Safety for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing: ASL and Closed Captioned