Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Binghamton, NY

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BINGHAMTON NY
618 AM EDT THU JUN 26 2014

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS DECLARED THE WEEK OF JUNE
22ND THROUGH 28TH LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK.  THIS IS
THE FOURTH IN A SERIES OF FIVE PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENTS TO
BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN BINGHAMTON
NY CONTAINING INFORMATION ON LIGHTNING AND LIGHTNING SAFETY.

THURSDAY - LIGHTNING SAFETY AT WORK

FOR THOSE WHO WORK OUTSIDE DURING THE SUMMER, LIGHTNING IS
A POTENTIALLY DEADLY THREAT.  WHILE SUMMER IS A GOOD TIME
TO COMPLETE OUTSIDE WORK, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO WORK IN A
SAFE ENVIRONMENT.  ANY TIME A THUNDERSTORM IS IN THE AREA, NO
PLACE OUTSIDE IS SAFE.  BETWEEN 2006 AND 2013, 38 PEOPLE WERE
STRUCK AND KILLED BY LIGHTNING IN THE UNITED STATES WHILE AT
WORK.  ABOUT TWO THIRDS OF THOSE KILLED WERE FARMERS, RANCHERS,
ROOFERS, LAWN CARE WORKERS OR CONSTRUCTION WORKERS.  MANY OF
THOSE KILLED WERE SEEKING SHELTER AT THE TIME OF THE DEADLY
STRIKE, BUT JUST HADN`T STARTED SOON ENOUGH.

MANY WORK ACTIVITIES REQUIRE EXTRA TIME TO SHUT DOWN.  IN THESE
CASES, IT IS IMPORTANT TO MONITOR WEATHER CONDITIONS SO THAT
THE WORK ACTIVITIES CAN END AND WORKERS CAN GET TO A SAFE PLACE
BEFORE THE LIGHTNING THREAT ARRIVES.  SIMILAR TO ALL OUTDOOR
ACTIVITIES, WORKERS NEED TO STOP WHAT THEY ARE DOING IMMEDIATELY
AND GET TO A SAFE PLACE IF THEY HEAR THUNDER.  WHEN THUNDER
ROARS, GO INDOORS!

LIGHTNING QUESTION OF THE DAY - WHAT DO I DO IF SOMEONE IS STRUCK
BY LIGHTNING?

LIGHTNING VICTIMS DO NOT CARRY AN ELECTRICAL CHARGE, ARE SAFE
TO TOUCH AND MAY NEED IMMEDIATE MEDICAL ATTENTION.  CARDIAC
ARREST IS THE IMMEDIATE CAUSE OF DEATH FOR THOSE WHO DIE.  SOME
DEATHS CAN BE PREVENTED WITH PROPER FIRST AID.  CALL 911 AND THEN
GIVE FIRST AID.  CPR AND USE OF AN AED (AUTOMATIC EXTERNAL
DEFIBRILLATOR) MAY BE NEEDED.

HERE`S WHAT WILL BE COVERED ON THE FINAL DAY OF LIGHTNING
AWARENESS WEEK:

FRIDAY - LIGHTNING SAFETY AROUND THE HOME.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT LIGHTNING OR LIGHTNING SAFETY,
VISIT NOAA`S LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS WEB SITE AT:

HTTPS://WWW.LIGHTNINGSAFETY.NOAA.GOV (ALL LOWER CASE).

YOU CAN ALSO CONTACT DAVID NICOSIA WARNING COORDINATION METEOROLOGIST
FOR NOAA/S NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BINGHAMTON AT 607-770-9531 X 223
OR VIA EMAIL AT DAVID.NICOSIA@NOAA.GOV

$$

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