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Stay Safe When A Thunderstorm Threatens

Stay Safe When A Thunderstorm Threatens


As we continue to play in spring and summer, thunderstorms are constant.  Please remember the following pertains to all members of SYA.

Stay Safe When a Thunderstorm Threatens

  • At the first clap of thunder, go indoors or into an enclosed vehicle. Remain inside until 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder. thunderstorm watch means there is a possibility of a thunderstorm in your area.
  • thunderstorm warning means a thunderstorm is occurring or will likely occur soon. If you are advised to take shelter then do so immediately.
  • If you can hear thunder, seek shelter.  Even if it is not raining, lightning can strike within 10 miles of an area that is experiencing rain.
  • Stop all outdoor activities at the first clap of thunder to give yourself time to move indoors. Leaders of outdoor events should have a plan for moving participants inside.
  • If you cannot go indoors, squat low to the ground to make yourself the smallest target possible. Go to a low-lying area and stay away from trees, poles and metal objects.
  • Avoid electrical equipment, plumbing, windows and concrete floors and walls when indoors during a thunderstorm.
  • Call 9-1-1 immediately if someone has been struck by lightning. People who have been struck by lightning do not carry an electrical charge.

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5950 Centreville Crest Lane
Centreville, VA 20121
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P.O. Box 471
Centreville, VA 20122
Phone: (703) 815-3362
Fax: (703) 815-2180