Thunderstorms and lightening can be very damaging and frightening when you are in the middle of enjoying some outdoor activities, like camping or hiking. Following some advice for taking precautions and learning things to do to protect yourself can save your life during a thunderstorm.
You should always bring some decent rain gear because there is commonly a chance of getting caught in rain while camping. The unexpected weather is where you will need to have a few pieces of information for your safety. If there is a tornado warning while you are camping, the park rangers will arrange for your safety inside a shelter house or basement of the management office. Thunderstorms and lightening are the worst conditions for being outside and not getting into shelter fast enough. It is advised, however, to get inside of buildings or a hard top car until the weather is better and lightening clears the area.
If you happen to be caught outside during lightening, it is important that you follow a few simple rules. First of all, most people think that crowding together would be advantageous. It is actually the worst thing you could do. On the contrary, spread out far away from each other so that it lessens the chance of being hit by the lightening strikes. Crouch down as close to the ground as possible without loosing balance and having to put your hands to the ground. Wrap your arms around your legs and lock them together. Keep a solid footing with both feet on the ground at the same time, otherwise you risk letting the electricity enter one foot and exit the other while passing into your entire body. Standing on your ropes or even grass can serve as insulation. You should never lie flat on the ground, so be sure that you are crouched properly.