Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Shreveport, LA

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SHREVEPORT LA
122 PM CDT SUN JUN 22 2014

...PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...

...JUNE 22ND THROUGH 28TH IS NATIONAL LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS
WEEK...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SHREVEPORT WILL REVIEW THE MOST
IMPORTANT ASPECTS OF LIGHTNING...LIGHTNING SAFETY...AND HIGHLIGHT
SAFETY RULES.  BASED ON DOCUMENTED CASES OF LIGHTNING DEATHS AND INJURIES...
THE NATIONWIDE ODDS OF BEING KILLED OR INJURED BY LIGHTNING ARE ABOUT
1 IN 700 THOUSAND FOR EACH YEAR OF YOUR LIFE.  IF YOU ARE AWARE OF
ALL THE THREATS POSED BY LIGHTNING AND ACT ACCORDINGLY...YOUR
CHANCES FOR BEING STRUCK BY LIGHTNING WILL BE CONSIDERABLY LOWER.
ON THE OTHER HAND...IF YOU ARE NOT AWARE OF THOSE DANGERS OR DO
NOT TAKE THE APPROPRIATE SAFETY PRECAUTIONS...YOUR ODDS OF BEING
STRUCK BY LIGHTNING WILL BE HIGHER.

IN ADDITION TO REVIEWING LIGHTNING AND LIGHTNING SAFETY...THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SHREVEPORT WILL ALSO HIGHLIGHT THE DANGERS OF
HEAT. HEAT IS A MAJOR WEATHER KILLER. ACCORDING TO THE TEN YEAR
NATIONAL AVERAGE HEAT CAUSES MORE WEATHER FATALITIES THAN
LIGHTNING...TORNADOES AND FLOODING. SOME OF THE BIGGER HEATWAVES
IN HISTORY HAVE CLAIMED HUNDREDS OF LIVES. IN 2013 THERE WERE 92
DEATHS NATIONWIDE FROM HEAT.

SPECIAL PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENTS WILL BE ISSUED EACH
DAY...AS INDICATED BY THE FOLLOWING LIST. NEWSPAPERS AND SAFETY
ORGANIZATIONS CAN HELP TO PROMOTE AWARENESS... BY PRINTING AND
DISTRIBUTING THE SAFETY RULES. THE BROADCAST MEDIA CAN ALSO HELP
TO GET THIS INFORMATION TO THE PUBLIC. EACH DAY THIS WEEK...A
DIFFERENT TOPIC WILL BE COVERED.

MONDAY...LIGHTNING AND LIGHTNING SAFETY: AN OVERVIEW.

TUESDAY...UNDERSTANDING THE SCIENCE OF THUNDERSTORMS AND LIGHTNING.

WEDNESDAY...LIGHTNING SAFETY WHILE OUTDOORS.

THURSDAY...ARKLATEX TEMPERATURE AND HEAT CASUALTY STATISTICS.

FRIDAY...NWS HEAT INDEX PROGRAM AND SURVIVING THE HEAT.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON LIGHTNING SAFETY IS AVAILABLE ON THE
INTERNET AT WWW.SRH.NOAA.GOV/SHV

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