SouthernWestVirginia Preparedeness partnership

THUNDERSTORMS

Thunderstorms are common events that seem to pose very little danger; however, they can be quite dangerous. Every thunderstorm produces lightning, and on average, some 300 people are injured and 80 people are killed each year by lightning In the United States. Other associated dangers of thunderstorms include tornadoes, strong winds, hail, and flash flooding.

The following are guidelines for what you should do if a thunderstorm is likely in your area:

  • Postpone outdoor activities.
  • Get inside a building or hard top vehicle. Although you may be injured if lightning strikes your car, you are much safer inside a vehicle than outside.
  • Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.
  • Shutter windows and secure outside doors. If shutters are not available, close window blinds, shades, or curtains.
  • Avoid showering or bathing. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity.
  • Use a corded telephone only for emergencies. Cordless and cellular telephones are safe to use.
  • Unplug appliances and other electrical items such as computers and turn off air conditioners. Power surges from lightning can cause serious damage.
  • Use your battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio for updates from local officials.

After a thunderstorm has passed, check to see if there are any medical or other such emergencies that must be addressed. If so, call 9-1-1 and request appropriate assistance.

Additional information concerning thunderstorms can be found at the National Weather Service website.

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American Red Cross-Beckley Jerry Runion
Address:
200 Industrial Drive P.O. Box 1598, Beckley ,
WV 25802,
304-255-1508 .
Description: Emergency Services....Disaster's-Flood-Home Fires-Snow Storms-Chemical Spills etc. Provide Food-Clothing -Shelter
Beaver Fire Department
Address:
147 3rd Street, Beaver,
WV 25813,
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Description: In case of emergency dial 911
Beckley ARH Hospital
Address:
306 Stanaford Rd., Beckley,
WV 25801,
304-254-2787.
Description:
Beckley ARH Hospital
Address:
306 Stanaford Rd., Beckley,
WV 25801,
304-254-2787.
Description:
Beckley Police Department
Address:
340 Prince St, Beckley,
WV 25801,
(304) 256-1708.
Description: The City of Beckley with its natural beauty, friendly people and its committed Police Department, makes Beckley a great place...
Greenbrier Valley Medical Center
Address:
202 Maplewood Avenue, Ronceverte,
WV 24970,
304-647-4411.
Description:
Mullens Police Department
Address:
316 Moran Ave, Mullens,
WV 25882,
304-645-1626.
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Princeton Community Hospital Association
Address:
122 Twelfth St, Princeton,
WV 24740,
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Description:
Veteran's Hospital
Address:
200 Veterans Ave, Beckley,
WV 25801,
(304) 255-2121.
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