Okay, now what? I did a little research and encourage you to as well to familiarize yourself. Here are a few recommendations for “outdoor survival” that I found online.
- Spread out and do not stay in a group.
- Never lie flat on the ground during a lightning storm.
- If on a bicycle and lightning is within 5 miles, STOP riding, get off and away from your bicycle, find a ditch or other low spot and sit down. (Watch for flash flooding.)
This weekend was a reminder that we live smack dab in Tornado Alley. The peak of the tornado “season” for Arkansas is March to May, but tornadoes can pop up at other times.
- If you have time, get to a sturdy structure for shelter. Hail and lightning also often accompany tornadoes.
- If you have no time, or there are no sturdy structures nearby, find a low place in the landscape and lay down. Do not shelter under a highway overpass if it can be avoided.
- Stay as low as possible. Not only do winds increase with height above the ground, but the more exposed your body is, the more likely you will be struck by flying debris and seriously injured or killed.
- Avoid sheltering by solitary objects or groups of trees. Lightning often occurs with tornadoes.
(For more info, check out: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/climate/severeweather/tornadosafety.html)
Obviously, the best thing to do is to AVOID & EVADE dangerous weather situations. But, if you can't, if it catches you unaware, you should be prepared. We encourage you to know ahead of time what to do in various weather situations. AND, if you find a good website for what to do in these circumstances, please share - post a link or comment to this article and help a brother & your sister out.