Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Binghamton, NY

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BINGHAMTON NY
644 AM EDT WED JUN 25 2014

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS DECLARED THE WEEK OF JUNE
22ND THROUGH 28TH LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK.  THIS IS
THE THIRD 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.

LIGHTNING SAFETY AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES

WHETHER YOU`RE OUT KICKING A BALL AROUND WITH A FRIEND, OR
AT A MAJOR SPORTS EVENT, YOU SHOULD BE PREPARED TO GET TO A
SAFE PLACE IN CASE A THUNDERSTORM THREATENS.  SINCE 2006,
SPORTS ACTIVITIES (GOLF, SOCCER, RUNNING, BASEBALL, FOOTBALL)
CONTRIBUTED TO 29 LIGHTNING DEATHS IN THE UNITED STATES.  IN
MANY CASES, THOSE INVOLVED IN THESE ACTIVITIES FAILED TO REALIZE
THE DEVELOPING DANGER.

FOR ANYONE OUTSIDE, WHETHER YOU`RE INVOLVED IN SPORTS OR SOME
OTHER ACTIVITY, KEEP AND EYE ON THE SKY AND HEAD TO SAFETY AT
THE FIRST SIGN OF A DEVELOPING OR APPROACHING STORM.  IF YOU
HEAR THUNDER, YOU`RE ALREADY IN DANGER AND SHOULD HEAD INSIDE A
SUBSTANTIAL BUILDING OR HARD-TOPPED VEHICLE IMMEDIATELY.

OFFICIALS IN CHARGE OF ORGANIZED SPORTS SHOULD HAVE A LIGHTNING
SAFETY PLAN, AND THOSE INVOLVED IN THE SPORT (AND THEIR PARENTS)
SHOULD UNDERSTAND THE PLAN AND KNOW WHAT TO DO.  THE PLAN SHOULD
INCLUDE WHERE PARTICIPANTS AND SPECTATORS GO FOR SAFETY, WHEN
THE EVENT SHOULD BE STOPPED, WHEN THE EVENT SHOULD BE RESUMED,
AND WHO IS IN CHARGE OF MAKING WEATHER-RELATED SAFETY DECISIONS.
IT`S ALSO IMPORTANT TO DESIGNATE A PERSON TO MONITOR CONDITIONS
AND TO KEEP THOSE IN CHARGE INFORMED OF WEATHER-RELATED THREATS.
THE PLAN SHOULD ALSO ACCOUNT FOR THE TIME REQUIRED TO GET EVERYONE
TO SAFETY.

FOR STADIUMS AND LARGER VENUES, THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS
TOOLKITS WHICH PROVIDE TEMPLATES TO HELP DESIGN A SAFETY PLAN.
THESE TOOLKITS CAN BE FOUND AT:

HTTP://WWW.LIGHTNING SAFETY.NOAA.GOV/MORE.HTM (ALL LOWER CASE)

WHETHER YOU`RE OUT FOR A RUN, WATCHING YOUR CHILD`S GAME OR
ATTENDING A MAJOR SPORTS EVENT, REMEMBER THAT THERE`S NO
SAFE PLACE OUTSIDE IN A THUNDERSTORM.  WHEN THUNDER ROARS,
GO INDOORS!

QUESTION OF THE DAY - ARE THERE MORE GOLFERS KILLED BY LIGHTNING
AS OPPOSED TO OTHER ACTIVITIES?

WHILE GOLFING IS VERY DANGEROUS WHEN A THUNDERSTORM IS IN THE
AREA, DURING THE PAST EIGHT YEARS, SOCCER HAS CONTRIBUTED TO
MORE SPORTS-RELATED LIGHTNING FATALITIES THAN GOLF.  DURING
THAT TIME, GOLF LED TO 8 FATALITIES.  THIS COMPARES WITH 12 FOR
SOCCER, 5 FOR RUNNING, 3 FOR BASEBALL AND 1 FOR FOOTBALL.

HERE`S A LIST OF TOPICS WE WILL COVER THIS WEEK:

THURSDAY - LIGHTNING SAFETY AT WORK.
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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