What Can You Do to Survive if Caught in a Lightning Storm?

Surviving a lightning storm
Surviving a lightning storm

What Should You Do if You Are Caught in a Lightning Storm?

  • Go High
  • Use an Umbrella
  • Crouch Down Low
  • TEST
  • Stand Very Still

Answer: Crouch Down Low

The best way to survive a lightning strike is to avoid being outdoors in the first place. But, if you happen to get caught outdoors and can’t take cover during a lightning storm, there are couple of things you can do to decrease the chances of getting struck.

Try to seek shelter in a low area under a dense growth of small trees (don’t stand too close to them, though) and avoid tall, isolated objects like tall trees and flagpoles, since lightning often (but not always) tends to strike the tallest object in an area.

30/30 Rule
If, after seeing lightning, you can’t count to 30 before hearing thunder, get inside a building or car. Don’t go outside until 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder.


Remember, if you find yourself caught in the middle of a lightning storm, immediately assume the position in the video to increase your chances of survival.