Risks and Risk management of thunderstorms
All thunderstorms possess a lurking danger of lightning. Lightning is capable of striking for more than nine miles even before the arrival or the departure of a storm. It causes huge damage to the electrical appliances due to its high electron density. Lightning of huge intensity can prove fatal if it strikes someone. Therefore one must take utmost care to cope with this risk. On hearing lightning, one needs to prepare for the thunderstorm and must be indoors or find s good shelter. Inside the building, one needs to stay away from the telephone since lightning is capable of striking telephone poles or wires and the lines might get electrified. One must also stay off any water source as the lightning on striking the ground can electrify the pipes leading to the sink. One must be absolutely far off from electrical appliances. In order to avoid the lightning to come directly inside the building, all windows and doors must be closed and one must stay away from them. There should be no one in the garage as it might contain concrete having wire mesh or metal reinforcing bars which is very risky. Before the arrival of a storm, all personal belongings must be kept safely, all electrical appliances unplugged from electric supply, and if there shall be no one in the building, all the plugs must be unplugged prior to leaving. (NOAA)
If the campus building is not around, then one must search for a nearby shelter. In case that is not available one must take shelter in a car, where no one should touch the doors and remain seated in the middle as much as possible. If someone encounters a storm while driving, one must stop by the side of the road and switch off the vehicle engine and the hazard lights turned off. In case there is no good shelter, one must remain as low on the ground as possible.