Emergency Preparedness and Resources

The weather in Duncan is usually wonderful, but occasionally we experience powerful severe thunderstorms.  What should you do when severe weather threatens?

The primary weather threats for Duncan and Stephens County are:

  • Lightning
  • Hail
  • Tornadoes
  • High winds
  • Flooding
  • Winter Storms
  • Extreme Heat
  • Wildfire
  1. Lightning Safety
  2. Tornado Safety
  3. Flash Flood Safety

Lightning Safety

Do you know what to do if you are caught in the open during a thunderstorm?  Lightning can strike up to several miles away from the thunderstorm.  

If indoors 

  • Avoid using the telephone or other electrical appliances 
  • Avoid taking a bath or shower

If outdoors

  • Go to a safe shelter such as a sturdy building
  • If no shelter is available a vehicle with a hard top and windows up can offer some protection
  • If you are boating or swimming, get out of the water immediately and move to a safe shelter away from the water
  • If you are in a wooded area, seek shelter under a thick growth of relatively small trees
  • If you feel your hair standing on end, squat with your head between your knees.  Do not lie down flat!
  • Avoid isolated trees or other tall objects, bodies of water, sheds, fences, convertible vehicles, tractors and motorcycles