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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BURLINGTON VT
500 AM EDT WED JUN 25 2014

...LIGHTNING AWARENESS WEEK - LIGHTNING SAFETY FOR OUTDOORS...

LIGHTNING IS THE THIRD DEADLIEST NATURAL DISASTER IN THE UNITED
STATES WITH AN AVERAGE OF 50 DEATHS AND HUNDREDS OF INJURIES
ANNUALLY. LIGHTNING RELATED INJURIES CAN RESULT IN LIFE-LONG
PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DISABILITIES THAT CHANGES AN INDIVIDUALS
LIFE AS WELL AS THEIR FAMILIES.

MANY LIGHTNING DEATHS AND INJURIES IN THE UNITED STATES OCCUR
DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS AND DURING THE AFTERNOON HOURS WHEN
BOTH LIGHTNING AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES REACH A PEAK. BEING OUTDOORS
WHEN THUNDERSTORMS ARE NEARBY INVOLVES RISK AND CERTAIN LOCATIONS
ARE WORSE THAN OTHERS.

OF THE LIGHTNING CASUALTIES IN THE UNITED STATES...ABOUT 48
PERCENT OCCURRED IN OPEN FIELDS, BALLPARKS, PLAYGROUNDS, ETC.;
ANOTHER 23 PERCENT UNDER TREES, 12 PERCENT INVOLVING WATER
ACTIVITIES, 6 PERCENT INVOLVED GOLFING AND 7 PERCENT INVOLVED
PERSONS DRIVING FARM OR OTHER HEAVY EQUIPMENT.

THESE CASUALTIES CAN BE EASILY...QUICKLY AND CHEAPLY AVOIDED BY
KNOWING WHAT TO DO IF A THUNDERSTORM APPROACHES.

FIRST...IF YOU PLAN ON BEING OUTDOORS...KEEP ABREAST OF THE
LATEST FORECASTS FROM YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OR
MEDIA SOURCES.

NO PLACE IS SAFE OUTSIDE DURING A THUNDERSTORM!!! THUS...BE
VIGILANT WATCHING THE SKY AND AT FIRST SIGNS OF THREATENING
WEATHER LIKE A DARKENING OF THE SKY OR RUMBLES OF THUNDER...
MOVE INSIDE A SAFE SHELTER. IF YOU HAVE NOT TAKEN SHELTER AT THE
FIRST SIGNS OF THREATENING WEATHER...THEN USE THE "30-30 RULE"
AS A LAST RESORT.

THE "30-30" RULE IS WHEN YOU SEE LIGHTNING...COUNT THE TIME
UNTIL YOU HEAR THUNDER. IF THAT TIME IS 30 SECONDS OR LESS...
SEEK PROPER SHELTER.  IF YOU DON/T SEE LIGHTNING BUT HEAR
THUNDER...USE THAT AS A BACK-UP RULE. ALSO...WAIT 30 MINUTES OR
LONGER AFTER THE LAST SOUND OF THUNDER BEFORE GOING BACK OUTSIDE.

IF YOU OR YOUR CHILDREN ARE INVOLVED IN ORGANIZED, OUTDOOR
ACTIVITIES, MAKE SURE IN ADVANCE THAT OFFICIALS IN CHARGE HAVE
AND FOLLOW A LIGHTNING SAFETY PLAN. THIS INCLUDES STOPPING
ACTIVITIES EARLY TO ALLOW SUFFICIENT TIME FOR PARTICIPANTS AND
SPECTATORS TO SEEK SAFE SHELTER.

THE BEST AND PROPER LIGHTNING SHELTER IS A HOUSE...LARGE BUILDING
OR SCHOOL...NOT A CARPORT...GARAGE OR COVERED PATIO. IF NO
BUILDING IS AVAILABLE...GO INSIDE A HARD-TOPPED ALL-METAL VEHICLE.

IF YOU ARE CAUGHT OUTSIDE IN A THUNDERSTORM...YOU SHOULD TRY TO
MINIMIZE YOUR RISK OF BEING STRUCK BY LIGHTNING AND FIND AN
ENCLOSED SHELTER IMMEDIATELY. IF NONE AVAILABLE...

- AVOID BEING THE TALLEST OBJECT IN THE AREA BY AVOIDING OPEN
  AREAS OR STANDING UNDER ISOLATED TREES.
- IF CAUGHT ON A BOAT...CROUCH DOWN IN THE CENTER OF YOUR BOAT
  AWAY FROM METAL.
- AVOID METAL OBJECTS SUCH AS TRACTORS...BICYCLES...MOTORCYCLES...
  WIRE FENCES...CLOTHES LINES...SHEDS...GOLF CLUBS...ALUMINUM
  BASEBALL BATS...FISHING RODS...TENNIS RACKETS OR TOOLS.

ADDITIONAL LIGHTNING INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND ON THE INTERNET
AT WWW.LIGHTNINGSAFETY.NOAA.GOV

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