Specific Behavioural Recommendations
- Seek shelter in a building.
- Avoid open terrain, mountain summits, trees, towers, masts and antennae and beware of flying items.
- Secure outside items (e.g. flower pots, garden furniture, bicycles).
General Behavioural Recommendations
- Inform yourself via radio and television and follow the instructions given by the authorities and emergency organisations.
- Call the emergency services only in an emergency.
- Use the telephone and other important means of communication only for important and urgent requirements (danger of network overload).
- Use cars and other means of transport only for important and urgent requirements (danger of traffic overload).
- Act particularly careful in traffic (danger due to breakdown of traffic lights, barriers etc.).
- Inform and support neighbours and people needing assistance in your vicinity.
A storm is a strong wind event that causes damage to nature, infrastructure and buildings. The extent of damage caused depends on wind speed and the frequency of gusts. Extensive storm damage occurs when a storm front passes by. Storms are especially common during the winter months. Local storm damage can be caused by thunderstorms that mainly occur during the summer months. On lakes, strong winds generate high waves. Storms occur regularly in Switzerland.