Thunderstorms & Lightning
At Risk Populations Biological Threat
Business Community Carbon Monoxide Chemical Threat
Cyber Attacks Earthquakes
High-Rise Buildings Home Safety
Household Chemicals Hurricanes
Multi-Family Dwellings Nuclear Threat Pandemic
Power Outages Radiation Threat Shelter-In-Place Terrorism Thunderstorms
All thunderstorms are dangerous. Every thunderstorm produces lightning. While lightning fatalities have decreased over the past 30 years, lightning continues to be one of the top three storm-related killers in the United States. In 2010 there were 29 fatalities and 182 injuries from lightning. Although most lightning victims survive, people struck by lightning often report a variety of long-term, debilitating symptoms.
Other associated dangers of thunderstorms include tornadoes, strong winds, hail and flash flooding. Flash flooding is responsible for more fatalities – more than 140 annually – than any other thunderstorm-associated hazard. Dry thunderstorms that do not produce rain that reaches the ground are most prevalent in the western United States. Falling raindrops evaporate, but lightning can still reach the ground and can start wildfires.
During a Thunderstorms and Lightning
If thunderstorm and lightning are occurring in your area, you should:
After a Thunderstorm or Lightning Strike
If lightning strikes you or someone you know, call 9-1-1 for medical assistance as soon as possible. The following are things you should check when you attempt to give aid to a victim of lightning: