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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAY ME
0718 AM EDT 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 GRAY, 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


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
$$


NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
GRAY...MAINE








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