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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTH PLATTE NE
822 AM CDT WED JUN 25 2014 /722 AM MDT 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 INF ORMATION STATEMENTS TO BE ISSUED
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
SUCH AS GOLF, SOCCER, RUNNING, BASEBALL AND FOOTBALL CONTRIBUTED
TO 29 LIGHTNING DEATHS IN THE UNITED STATES. IN MANY CASES, THOSE
IN VOLVED 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 R EQUIRED 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`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.

HERE`S A LIST OF TOPICS FOR THE REST OF 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:

WWW.LIGHTNINGSAFETY.NOAA.GOV

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NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
NORTH PLATTE NE








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