Safety First in Severe Emergency Weather

Thunderstorms, lightning, hail, flooding, tornadoes … All severe weather that has had the Hoosier state on edge this spring. Great Care in-home care services is especially concerned for our senior population during severe weather, as safety and mobility can be compromised in many situations.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, lightning is a leading cause of injury and death from weather-related hazards.

“Although most lightning victims survive, people struck by lightning often report a variety of long-term, debilitating symptoms,” says DHS.

The Department reports that of you’re under a thunderstorm warning, find safe shelter right away and:

  • When thunder roars, go indoors!
  • Move from outdoors into a building or car.
  • Pay attention to alerts and warnings.
  • Unplug appliances.
  • Do not use landline phones.

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When it comes to tornadoes, the destruction can be rampant, happening anytime and anywhere, says the Department of Hoemlad Security. Shaped like funnels, tornadoes can bring intense, over 200-mph winds, and rain and hail damage. Buildings can be destroyed, cars and trucks flipped, and debris flying through the air can cause major damage.

“Tornadoes are violently rotating columns of air that extend from a thunderstorm to the ground,” DHS says.

When under a tornado warning, find safe shelter right away, and:

  • If you can safely get to a sturdy building, then do so immediately.
  • Go to a safe room, basement, or storm cellar.
  • If you are in a building with no basement, then get to a small interior room on the lowest level.
  • Stay away from windows, doors, and outside walls.
  • Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You’re safer in a low, flat location.
  • Watch out for flying debris that can cause injury or death.
  • Use your arms to protect your head and neck.

In the event of any severe weather, DHS advises to take action and develop an emergency plan based on your local weather hazards and practice your plan. For example:

When it comes to flooding, remember these safety precautions:

Make a #FloodSafety plan with your family. Get the tips & info here:

For more information on severe weather, visit the NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory‘s Severe Weather 101 info page.


The professionals at Great Care are available to talk with you and your family about all of your home care needs, including respite care. Great Care is a non-medical in-home care agency providing quality and affordable elder care in Fishers, IN and the surrounding areas. Call (888) 240-9101 for more information.

About Julie S.

Julie Sullivan is the Owner at Great Care of Indianapolis, Indiana.
Great Care is a licensed, personal services agency, providing in-home care services to the Indianapolis, Indiana and surrounding areas. We serve the personal health and daily care needs of seniors or individuals who prefer to stay at home, but require assistance with everyday activities, such as dressing, personal hygiene, meal preparation, laundry or errands. Our team of certified nurse aids and home health aids can provide you with personalized, in-home care services to meet your needs, including:
• Daytime hourly in-home care
• Temporary or post-hospital respite care
• 24-hour, around-the-clock home care
• Morning and evening care
• Overnight / Slumber care
In addition, we offer our Care Compass service, to assist in setting the course for the next stage in your loved ones life. We guide you through the currents of aging, and help you find your true north. Our licensed nurses, with experience in hospice and geriatric care, will help guide you through the complex and often sensitive journey of selecting an in-home care service, and will provide a smooth transition to a new way of life for your loved one, without the anxiety and fear.
Our current nursing and management team has more than 75 years of combined experience in the home healthcare services industry. All of our caregivers are bonded, insured and screened thoroughly, so you know you’ll be receiving the greatest care possible. That’s why we stand by our mission: to deliver the same, quality care we expect for ourselves and our loved ones.