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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO IL
900 AM CDT 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 CHICAGO ILLINOIS CONTAINING
INFORMATION ON LIGHTNING AND LIGHTNING SAFETY.

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
LIKE GOLF...SOCCER...RUNNING...BASEBALL AND 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 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:
WWW.LIGHTNINGSAFETY.NOAA.GOV/MORE.HTM

WHETHER YOU ARE OUT FOR A RUN...WATCHING YOUR CHILDS GAME...OR
ATTENDING A MAJOR SPORTS EVENT...REMEMBER THAT THERE IS 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.


HERE`S A LIST OF TOPICS FOR OTHER DAYS THIS WEEK.

MONDAY...LIGHTNING AND LIGHTNING SAFETY...AN INTRODUCTION
TUESDAY...LIGHTNING`S MOST DEADLY ACTIVITIES
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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