WNY Still At Risk For Storms This Summer
Finally, the snow is gone and summer has arrived (well kind of). But, that doesn’t mean WNY isn’t still at risk for storms. Thunder and lightning storms still pose a threat in the WNY area. Whether you are located in Downtown Buffalo, NY or on the outskirts of Elma, NY, you are still at risk when it comes to thunder and lightning storms.
Of course prevention is KEY when preparing for any type of storm. Here are some helpful tips from Ready.gov to help you PREPARE for a storm.
- Know your area’s risk for thunder storms. In most places, they can occur year round and at any time.
- Sign up for your community’s warning systems.
- Identify nearby, sturdy buildings close to where you live, work, study and play.
- Cut down, or trim trees that may be in danger of falling on your home.
- Consider buying surge protectors, lightning rods or a lightning protection system to protect your home, appliances and electronic devices.
Now that you’ve taken the proper preventative measures to protect your home and family during a thunder/lightning storm, here are some helpful tips to use DURING a storm:
- When thunder roars, go indoors. A sturdy building is the safest place to be.
- Pay attention to weather reports and warnings of thunderstorms. Be ready to change plans if need be to somewhere indoors. Always have a backup plan.
- If inside, avoid using running water or landline phones. Electricity can run through plumbing phone lines.
- Unplug appliances and other electronic devices, and secure outdoor furniture.
- If boating or swimming, get to shore immediately and seek shelter in a sturdy building or vehicle.
- Avoid flooded roadways. Turn around, don’t drown! As little as six inches of moving water can knock you down. One foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
AFTER the storm, be sure to:
- Listen to authorities and water forecasts for information that is it safe to go outside. And for safe instructions regarding potential flash flooding.
- Watch for fallen power lines and trees. Report them immediately.