Seeking Shelter During a Storm
Thunderstorms are quite common during the warm summer months. However, that does not make them any less frightening and dangerous. Big storms can be very overwhelming, especially for pets and children. They can be even more stressful when you are away from your home. Knowing your shelter options can help relieve some of the added tension of a storm.
Thunderstorms often appear out of the blue. It is important to be aware of proper safety protocols to follow when you are caught in a storm. Here are some alternative solutions for sheltering during a thunderstorm when you are away from home:
- In a Store or Mall: any commercial structure is a great option for shelter. These buildings are sturdy and a good place to wait out a thunderstorm.
- In the Car: contrary to popular belief, sheltering from a storm in your car is quite safe, provided you can take proper precautions. Pull over somewhere that is safe, turn off your engine, switch on your hazards and avoid touching anything metal in the vehicle for the duration of the storm. Even your steering wheel, gear shift and radio knobs may contain metal, so keep your hands off just in case.
- On Low Ground: If you are caught outside away from your car or buildings, make sure to avoid hill tops and other high land. Instead, crouch in an unexposed area away from tall structures. This includes trees, flagpoles, fences, etc.
If you experience storm damage to your Oxford, MS home or office building, our experienced technicians are ready to help. Contact us at 662-281-1881 any time!