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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CARIBOU ME
530 AM EDT WED JUN 24 2015

...LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS DECLARED THE WEEK OF JUNE 21ST
THROUGH 27TH, 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 CARIBOU, ME 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 THE
ACTIVITIES FAILED TO REALIZE THE DEVELOPING DANGER.

FOR ANYONE OUTSIDE, WHETHER YOU`RE INVOLVED IN SPORTS OR SOME OTHER
ACTIVITY, KEEP AN 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 THE 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.
THOSE TOOLKITS CAN BE FOUND AT:
HTTP://WWW.LIGHTNINGSAFETY.NOAA.GOV/MORE.HTM

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
THAN BY ANY OTHER ACTIVITY?

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

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

HTTP://WWW.LIGHTNINGSAFETY.NOAA.GOV

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