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Plan & Prepare

After a Thunderstorm

(Much of the information on this page is adapted from information provided by the American Red Cross, FEMA and the National Weather Service).

If Someone Is Struck By Lightning

Call for Help. Call 911 or your local Emergency Medical Services (EMS) number. Medical attention is needed as quickly as possible.

Give First Aid. If breathing has stopped, begin rescue breathing. If the heart has stopped, a trained person should give CPR. IF the person has a pulse and is breathing, look and care for other possible injuries.

Check for Burns in Two Places. The person may be burned, both where they were struck and where the electricity left their body.

Being struck by lightning can also cause nervous system damage, broken bones, and loss of hearing or eyesight.

Remember: It is NOT dangerous for you to touch a person who has been struck by lightning. The person does not carry an electrical charge that can shock other people.

After The Storm Passes

Continue listening to local radio or TV stations or a NOAA Weather Radio for updated information and instructions. Access may be limited to some parts of the community, or roads may be blocked.

Check on neighbors who may require special assistance - infants, elderly people and people with disabilities. People who care for them or have large families may need additional assistance caring for several people in emergency situations.

Stay away from storm-damaged areas. Avoid putting yourself at risk from the residual effects of thunderstorms.

Watch out for fallen power lines and report them immediately. Reporting potential hazards will get the utilities turned off as quickly as possible, preventing further hazard and injury.

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