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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PADUCAH KY
858 AM CDT 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 PADUCAH, KY 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) HAVE CONTRIBUTED 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 PARTICIPATING
KIDS` PARENTS) SHOULD UNDERSTAND THE PLAN AND KNOW WHAT TO DO. THE
PLAN SHOULD INCLUDE WHERE THE 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. THESE
TOOLKITS CAN BE FOUND AT (ALL LOWER-CASE):

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

IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT, WHILE RARE, LIGHTNING CAN AND DOES OCCUR
DURING THE WINTER MONTHS. IN FEBRUARY 2003, FOUR TEENAGERS WERE
SERIOUSLY INJURED WHEN LIGHTNING STRUCK WHILE THEY WERE SLEDDING AT
THE CARIBOU COUNTRY CLUB. PERSONS ENJOYING OUTDOOR WINTER ACTIVITIES
SHOULD REMAIN ALERT, ESPECIALLY DURING PERIODS OF VERY HEAVY SNOW.
THIS CAN INDICATE A STRONG SNOW SHOWER CAPABLE OF PRODUCING
LIGHTNING.

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 THAT WE`LL COVER THROUGH THE WEEK:

MONDAY - LIGHTNING AND LIGHTNING SAFETY: AN INTRODUCTION
TUESDAY - LIGHTNING`S MOST DEADLY ACTIVITIES
WEDNESDAY - LIGHTNING SAFETY AND SPORTS 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 WEBSITE AT (ALL LOWER-CASE):

HTTP://WWW.LIGHTNINGSAFETY.NOAA.GOV


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