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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STATE COLLEGE PA
726 AM EDT WED JUN 25 2014

...PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...

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 STATE COLLEGE PA CONTAINING
INFORMATION ON LIGHTNING AND LIGHTNING SAFETY.

TODAYS TOPIC...LIGHTNING SAFETY AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES.

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

TOPICS FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE WEEK INCLUDE...

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...
HTTP://WWW.LIGHTNINGSAFETY.NOAA.GOV

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