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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Omaha/Valley NE
425 AM CDT Thu Mar 29 2018

...2018 Severe Weather Awareness Week for Nebraska/Iowa...

The National Weather Service along with Nebraska Emergency Management
and the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Division have declared
March 26 through March 30 as Severe Weather Awareness Week.

The topic for today is Lightning...When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!

In 2017, there were 16 lightning deaths.

For anyone outside, whether you`re standing outside, involved in
sports or some other activity, keep an eye on the sky. If you hear
thunder, you`re already in danger and should head inside a substantial
building or hardtopped vehicle immediately. Don`t wait for rain.

Outdoor activities (fishing, boating, golf, soccer, walking, running,
yardwork) contribute to dozens of lightning deaths in the United
States. 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 identify:

*Who is responsible for monitoring conditions and notifying officials
of weather related threats
*Who is responsible for making weather related safety decisions
*How long it will take to get everyone to safety
*Where the participants and spectators should take shelter
*When officials should stop and resume the event

Whether you`re out for a walk or in the yard, 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!
http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/

For safety information visit www.nws.noaa.gov/os/lightning/

For more information contact:
Brian Smith
Warning Coordination Meteorologist
National Weather Service Omaha/Valley NE
www.weather.gov/Omaha
402-359-5166

Cathy Zapotocny
Meteorologist
National Weather Service Omaha/Valley NE
www.weather.gov/Omaha
402-359-5166


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