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From Maricopa County Department of Emergency Management Agency ~

We’ve seen a lot of thunder and lightning in the past few weeks. Here are some tips to stay safe if you are outside during a monsoon storm:

WHEN THUNDER ROARS, GO INDOORS!  Go to a nearby large substantial building or a fully enclosed, metal-topped vehicle.

Avoid open fields, the top of a hill or a ridge top. Get to the lowest point but be aware of flash flooding.

Stay away from tall, isolated trees or other tall objects. If you are in a forest, stay near a lower stand of trees.

If you are in a group, spread out to avoid the current traveling between group members.

Stay away from water, wet items, and metal objects.

If you feel your hair stand on end, squat low to the ground on the balls of your feet. Place your hands over your ears and your head between your knees. Make yourself the smallest target possible and minimize your contact with the ground. DO NOT lie flat on the ground.

If someone has been struck by lightning, call 9-1-1 immediately. They do not hold an electric charge and can be treated.