American Red Cross in Oklahoma City has released some safety tips for Oklahomans as a strong chance of severe thunderstorms increases as the day continues. They noted that with football games scheduled for tonight, there is a concern for the safety of those on the field and in the stands.
“In light of the chance for severe weather across Oklahoma tonight, the American Red Cross offers the following checklist to help residents “Be Red Cross Ready” in the event that local authorities issue a severe thunderstorm warning,” said Ken Garcia with the ARC. “This is especially true with the high school football games planned for tonight.”
Before Lightning Strikes
Keep an eye on the sky. Look for darkening skies, flashes of light or increasing winds. Listen for the sound of thunder. If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to the storm to be struck by lightning. Go to safe shelter immediately. The National Weather Service recommends staying inside for at least 30 minutes after the last thunder clap.
When Storm Approaches
Find shelter in a building or car. Keep car windows closed and avoid convertibles.
Telephone lines and metal pipes can conduct electricity. Unplug appliances. Avoid using the telephone or any electrical appliances. (Leaving electric lights on, however, does not increase the chances of your home being struck by lightening.)
Avoid taking a bath or shower, or running water for any other purpose.
If Caught Outside
Go to low-lying, open place away from trees, poles or metal objects. Make sure the place you pick is not flooding.
Make yourself the smallest target possible. Squat low to the ground. Place you hands on you knees with your head between them.
If you are in the woods, take shelter under the shorter trees.
If you are boating or swimming, get to land and find shelter immediately.