10 Pieces of Disaster Safety Advice You Should Ignore

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Lightning Deaths in the US Are Way, Way Down

Lightning Deaths in the US Are Way, Way Down

Far fewer Americans die from lightning strikes today than in the 1940s. HowStuffWorks explains why lightning deaths are so rare today.

Author's Note: 10 Pieces of Disaster Safety Advice You Should Ignore

Writing this article led me to reflect on my own experience with disaster. When I was just 5 years old, my family and I huddled in the hallway as a tornado threatened our home in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Luckily, it hopped over us, but nearby neighborhoods were not so lucky. I remember obsessively watching the weather reports for years after this encounter. Certainly, my fear has diminished with age, thanks in no small part to a greater understanding of disasters and how to prepare for them. And yet, in researching this piece I learned even more comforting disaster safety advice. Now I know not to touch any metal on my car during a lightning storm, and not to seek shelter in a doorway for an earthquake. I don't know about you, but I'm feeling better already.

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