With severe thunderstorms throughout much of the country this week, including the Rocky Mountain states, National Weather Service meteorologists are urging people to illustrate caution during extreme weather situations.

Chris Jones, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Riverton, says it’s always best to take shelter during a thunderstorm.

“If you can hear thunder, it’s time to move indoors,” Jones said. “If you are near sturdy indoor shelter, go there immediately. If you don’t have that available to you, a vehicle is a decent option, at least – it’s certainly better than remaining outdoors.”

Jones says staying outside during a thunderstorm should only be considered as a last resort.

“The final, last resort – and I stress, the last resort – is to get into a catcher’s crouch on the balls of your feet, tuck your head and get as low as possible,” Jones said.

Jones also recommends that people stay away from trees and not go near high metal objects when a thunderstorm hits.

Information on how to stay safe during severe weather can be found at the National Weather Service's website.