County issues severe weather safety tips


The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms for the Antelope Valley, Catalina Island, Los Angeles County Mountains, Santa Clarita Valley, San Fernando Valley and San Gabriel Valley areas this afternoon and evening. To help prepare residents and businesses for thunderstorms and lightning, the following are some safety tips.

One: there is no place outside is safe in or near a thunderstorm. People are asked to stop what they are doing and get to a safe place immediately. Small outdoor buildings, including dugouts, rain shelters, sheds, etc., are not safe.

Second: At the sound of thunder, lightning is close enough to strike so people should move to a safe shelter: a substantial building with wiring and plumbing such as an office building, school and home which all offer good protection. Once inside, people should stay away from windows, doors, and anything that conducts electricity such as corded telephones, computers and other equipment.

Third: Electrical charges can linger in clouds after a thunderstorm has passed so experts recommend that people should wait at least 30 minutes after the storm before resuming activities.

Lastly, people should avoid plumbing, including sinks, baths and faucets.

If one is caught outside with no safe shelter anywhere nearby, the following actions may reduce risk: immediately get off elevated areas such as hills, mountain ridges or peaks; never lie flat on the ground, under an isolated tree, use a cliff or rocky overhang for shelter; immediately get out and away from ponds, lakes and other bodies of water and stay away from objects that conduct electricity (barbed wire fences, power lines, windmills).

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Los Angeles County residents and businesses, including persons with disabilities and others with access and functional needs, may call 211 LA County for emergency preparedness information, and other referral services. The toll-free 2-1-1 number is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week. 211 LA County services can also be accessed at To register for the Specific Needs Awareness Planning program please go to For disaster/emergency preparedness information, please access and/or