Plan: Plan outdoor activities to avoid thunderstorms. Listen to NOAA Weather Radio All-Hazards for the latest weather forecast before heading out.
If Thunder Roars Go Indoors!: If you can hear thunder, go inside.
Safe Places: Fully enclosed large building provide good lightning protection. Vehicles with a solid metal top and sides give good protection.
Indoors: Don't use corded telephones. Keep away from electrical appliances, wiring, plumbing, and windows.
Outdoors: Stop all outdoor activities immediately. Avoid elevated places and open spaces. Stay away from water and tall isolated objects. Do NOT go under trees! Allow time to reach safety. Don't seek refuge in open structures. If in the water or out in a boat, return to shore and seek shelter immediately.
First Aid: Call 911. All lightning deaths are from cardiac/respitory arrest. Use an AED, CPR or rescue breathing.
National Weather Service offices in Riverton and Cheyenne have teamed with Powder River Coal, LLC and University of Wyoming Athletics to heighten awareness of the dangers posed to athletes by lightning. Also the NWS office in Riverton teamed up with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) to give backcountry enthusiasts a guide on how they can lower their risk of being struck by lightning. You can download the Wyoming Lightning Safety brochure and poster below.