You are used to us sharing tips on coping with major disasters like fires, floods, and hurricanes. But are you prepared for the most common weather event of all?
Thunderstorms can cause catastrophic damage to life and property. Use these tips, adapted from the American Red Cross, to make sure you don’t become one of the countless people who deal with storm damage in South Carolina.
- Understand warnings. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch means that storms are possible, while warnings mean they are in progress and imminent.
- Stay indoors. Most lightning strikes occur in areas without rain. If you can hear thunder, you’re in danger from lightning.
- Avoid electrical equipment as much as possible. Don’t take baths or showers during storms.
- If you’re outside and can’t take shelter, avoid high ground, trees, and metal objects.
- Keep trees and shrubs trimmed.
- Install lightning rods only after consulting with your local fire department.
- Assemble at emergency preparedness kit and keep it current in case evacuation is necessary.
- Never drive through flooded areas.
- Call 911 to report downed power lines or the smell of natural gas.
2015 saw severe storm damage across South Carolina. If it touched you, give Catastrophe Services a call—we heal homes, restore businesses, and help you get your life back on track.