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Preparing for the Storm

Thunder Storms & Lightning Strikes

Thunder and lightning can be  beautiful to watch...when it is far away. But what do you do when they hit too close to home? Lightning’s unpredictability is one of its most dangerous features. Lightning kills more people a year in the US than floods, on average. Lightning causes fires and finally it has the potential to knock out power and cell phone service. 

Lightning is a hard one to prepare for but an important danger to be ready for. So what do you do? FEMA has a nice cheat sheet for lightning safety and the Red Cross has a Thunderstorm Safety Checklist. Review these websites and prepare accordingly.

Another site that is interesting and fun to use is It has a real-time lighting strike map showing you the strikes happening in your area as well as the entire world. Check it out!


Make changes or add to the suggested items that you need for your family or group.

Food Storage Purchase
Pickled foods
Water (1 gallon per person per day)


With regard to shelf-stable mustard, mayo, barbecue sauce, ketchup, soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, Worcestershire sauce, salsa and more, use the FoodKeeper App for food stability and shelf-life information provided by the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Long shelf-stable food and condiments

Barbecue sauce 





Hot sauce

Jams, jellies and preserves

Jarred pesto

Jarred spaghetti sauce


Maple syrup



Oyster sauce

Peanut butter



Salad dressing


Soy sauce or teriyaki sauce



Worcestershire sauce

Extra Items Purchase
Board games or books to pass time while you wait out the storm.

Watch the How to Survive a Lightning Storm.

Prepare a Storm Emergency Kit with the items you already have and set it aside for future use.

•Water—one gallon per person, per day

• Food—non-perishable, easy-to-prepare

• Flashlight and Head Lamps

• Battery-powered or Hand crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)

• Extra batteries for flashlights, head lamps and radios.

• First aid kit

• Medications (7-day supply) and medical items

• Multi-purpose tool

• Sanitation & personal hygiene items

• Copies of personal documents

• Cell phone with chargers

• Family & emergency contact information

• Extra cash and coins

Sign up for your community’s warning system. Learn how to use the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio alert apps.

Save $30 as your budget allows. Save something.

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