If you are outdoors:

  • Attempt to get into a building or a hardtop car and keep the windows closed.
  • If no structure is available, as quickly as possible go to an open space and squat low to the ground.  If in the woods, find an area protected by a low clump of trees; never stand beneath a single large tree in the open. Be aware of the potential for flooding in low-lying areas.
  • Kneel or crouch with hands on knees.
  • Avoid tall structures, such as towers, tall trees, fences, telephone lines, or power lines.
  • Stay away from natural lightning rods, such as golf clubs, tractors, fishing rods, bicycles or camping equipment.
  • Stay away from rivers, lakes, or other bodies of water.
  • If you are boating or swimming, get to land and find shelter immediately.
  • If you are isolated in a level field and feel your hair stand on end, which indicated that lightning is about to strike, drop to your knees and bend forward, putting your hands on your knees. Do not lie flat on the ground.