If you hear thunder or see lightning: When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors

  • Stop all outdoor activities.
  • Seek shelter in a substantial building or hard-topped vehicle.
  • Avoid open high ground and isolated large trees.
  • Avoid water (such as swimming pools, lakes, and rivers), beaches, and boats.
  • Stay away from doors, windows, and metal objects such as pipes or faucets.

If Someone is Struck by Lightning:

  • Call 9-1-1. Provide directions and information about the lightning strike and victim(s).
  • Give first aid. Do not delay CPR and AED use if the person is unresponsive or not breathing.
  • If possible, move the victim to a safer place. Lightning can strike twice. Do not become a victim.


UF Department of Emergency Management (UFDEM)


NWS Lightning Safety Tips and Resources – Thunderstorms and Lightning

UFDEM Storm Ready – Lightning

Version Date: February 2024