News Release: GEMA
June 23, 2014
This week is Lightning Safety Week (June 22-28) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency’s Ready Georgia campaign is encouraging residents to be prepared for severe thunderstorms and lightning.
One week ago the campaign unveiled an upgraded version of its mobile app, which is a great tool to help people stay informed about summer’s severe weather. The free app, available for both iPhone and Android devices, includes geo-targeted severe weather and emergency alerts, a checklist of emergency supplies, a map of open shelters, access to live traffic maps, and much more.
In addition to downloading the mobile app, Ready Georgia recommends the following tips for staying safe during a lightning storm:
- Know the 30/30 rule: go indoors if, after seeing lightning, you cannot count to 30 before hearing thunder. Stay indoors for 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder.
- If a storm does approach, find shelter in a sturdy building or hard top automobile. Keep all windows closed.
- Telephone lines and metal pipes can conduct electricity. Unplug appliances. Avoid using the telephone or any electrical appliances.
- Avoid taking a bath or shower, or running water for any purpose. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity.
- Draw blinds and shades over windows. If windows break due to objects blown by the wind, the shades will help prevent glass from shattering into your home.
- If you are caught outside and cannot find shelter, go to a low-lying, open place away from trees, poles or metal objects. Make sure the place you pick is not subject to flooding.
- If someone is struck by lightning, they carry no electrical charge and can be handled safely. Call 911 or your local Emergency Medical Services (EMS) number. Learn first aid and CPR by taking an American Red Cross first aid and CPR course; call your local Red Cross chapter for class schedules and fees.
For more information, visit www.ready.ga.gov.