Throughout Canada as well as many other places around the world severe storms can be expected that may threaten people's lives.
It is imperative to have knowledge, supplies and training to be able to deal with what may come.
In the photo on the left I give an example of the lightning position by getting low to the ground, feet close together and my arms wrapped around my knees.
Many people are injured or killed in severe storms, and there are probably a portion of theses injuries or deaths that may have been avoided if there were proper preparations and know-how to begin with. The expression 'Prevention is the Best Medicine' is very true.
As in all things learn all that you can about preparations including to equip yourself and your family with all provisions needed for emergencies. Knowledge and the ability to apply it are key to your survival in any situation.
Please remember your pets in all emergency plan preparations. You can find more information on the Pet Survival Kit page.
There is a way to determine the danger zone in a lightning storm, and it is called the 30/30 rule. Basically it is that from the moment you see a flash of lightning, count the number of seconds until the thunderclap.
If it is under 30 seconds, head for shelter or get into the lightning position. If it is more than 30 seconds you may have a little time to get to a safer location. When the time comes that the storm has passed and the flash of lightning to thunderclap is over 30 seconds, wait until at least 30 minutes before you resume any outdoor activity.
Here are some links to learn more details about the 30/30 Lightning Rule.
2. About.com : Sports Medicine
If you are caught out in the open in a lightning storm and you couldn't get into a hard top vehicle (not a convertible!) or into the center of a secure building, get into the lightning position as shown in the photo above.
Here are some more links to help you learn more about lightning.
2. The Lightning Protection Institute - Protection
The following information is from the Get Prepared site of the Government of Canada.
For more info on severe storms
Environment Canada - Severe Weather
Thunderstorms, hail, blizzards, ice storms, high winds and heavy rain can develop quickly and threaten life and property. Severe storms occur in all regions of Canada and in all seasons.
Listen to the local radio or television stations for severe weather warnings and advice. Keep a battery-powered or wind-up radio on hand as electricity frequently fails during severe storms.
Stock up on heating fuel and ready-to-eat food, as well as battery-powered or wind-up flashlights and radios – and extra batteries. For a complete list of emergency supplies, go to emergency kits. Also, learn what to have in your car emergency kit.
When a severe storm is on the horizon, the Meteorological Service of Canada issues watches, warnings and advisories through radio and television stations, the WeatherOffice Website, automated telephone information lines and Environment Canada's Weatheradio.
Other tips for preparedness
What to do before and during