Topeka, Kan., May 20, 2013 – Kansas Capital Area Chapter volunteers are assisting five families affected by storms that passed through northeast Kansas Sunday night. The chapter continues to have resources and volunteers on alert in advance of severe weather.
With more severe weather forecasted today, The Red Cross offers the following safety tips:
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 lightning.)
□ 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 your hands on your 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.
Kansas First News will have more coverage of storm damage from last night tonight at 5.