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Emergency Numbers
(888) 467-2669
South Dakota/Nebraska
(800) 245-6977

Safety tips:

Stay aware and watch for approaching storms. Preparing for an emergency is energy well spent. A disaster can strike at any time. By being aware of your surroundings and stocking up on some essential supplies, you can get ready for natural disasters and emergencies before they happen. Check the weather forecast before heading outdoors. Postpone outdoor activities when thunderstorms are forecast. Tune in to a weather radio for 24/7 updates from the National Weather Service.

Know what to do. Take safe shelter immediately inside a sturdy building, away from windows, doors and electrical appliances. (You want to avoid contact with conductors of electricity, appliances, metal objects and water.) Get out of boats and away from water. Find a low spot (but not one that will flood) away from trees, fences and poles.

If you are in the woods, take shelter under shorter trees. If lightning strikes close by, make yourself the smallest possible target and minimize your contact with the ground. (Squat low on the balls of your feet. Put your hands on your knees. Place your head between your knees.)

Don't shower or bathe. Turn off air conditioners, since power surges can overload them. Avoid landline telephones and unplug all unnecessary electrical appliances, telephone lines and metal pipes conduct electricity.

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