Thunderstorms are dangerous. Some thunderstorms can be seen approaching while others hit without warning. It is important to learn and recognize danger signs and plan ahead. The danger signs of a thunderstorm include dark, towering or threatening clouds and/or distant lightning and thunder.

Thunderstorm Watches and Warnings

A severe thunderstorm watch is issued by the National Weather Service when the weather conditions are such that a severe thunderstorm (damaging winds 58 mph or more, or hail 3/4" in diameter or greater) is likely to develop.

A severe thunderstorm warning is issued when a severe thunderstorm has been sighted or indicated by weather radar.

During a Thunderstorm Warning

  • Go inside for protection IMMEDIATELY.
  • When inside, stay away from windows, water faucets, sinks, and bathtubs.
  • If you are caught outside, STAY AWAY from tall trees, open fields or open water, or small, isolated sheds.
  • Don’t use the telephone.
  • Unplug the television. In the event of a power failure, unplug other electrical devices and appliances.
  • Don’t take a bath or a shower during a storm — copper pipes conduct electricity.
  • Be aware of the dangers of flooding, hail, and high winds.
  • Keep a battery-powered radio and a flashlight on hand.
  • Never go outside during a thunderstorm, and never approach downed power lines during or after a storm.

Water Damage

Serious water damage can occur from a number of sources such as broken pipes, clogged drains and broken skylights or windows.

If a water leak occurs

  • Call Facilities Services: (775) 784-8020. Advise the dispatcher of exact location and severity of the leak.
  • Notify your supervisor of the extent and location of the leak.
  • If there are electrical appliances or electrical outlets near the leak, use extreme caution. If there is any possible danger, evacuate the area. (See building evacuation information)
  • If you know the source of the water and are confident of your ability to stop it (i.e. unclog the drain, turn off water, etc.) do so cautiously.

Address any hazards that could result in a fire. This includes:

  • Turning off gas, electricity and water.
  • Securing gasoline and other flammable material containers to prevent leakage.