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Lightning Safety Awareness Week ends Saturday PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Thursday, 23 June 2011 20:35

Lightning Safety Awareness Week began Sunday, June 19 and continues through June 25. We’re in our 11th year of the Lightning Safety Awareness Week campaign. Since the campaign began, lightning deaths have decreased from a 30-year annual average of 73 to 55. That’s great progress, but we must keep vigilant. So far this year, lightning has killed four people.

Please help spread the word on the importance of lightning safety this week. The National Weather Service Lightning Safety Awareness website (http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/) has some new features — a blog by John Jensenius, widgets, links to relevant news stories, a new Leon poster and lots of new animations that illustrate how lightning works.

If you are interested, we also have several lightning safety awareness posters and a new lightning visor. The campaign will be further promoted at our booth at the NebraskaLand Days Kid’s Fun Festival. Our staff will provide hands on learning through the use of the Van de Graff generator machine, balloons and the use of paper lunch bags to simulate how to determine how far a storm is.

We are on Facebook where our page will also highlight Lightning Safety Awareness Week during the upcoming week. In addition, we will be posting a multimedia webbriefing on lightning safety along with public information statements and interviews upon request.

Thank you for helping spread the word. When lightning occurs there is no place outside that is safe. We continue to emphasize, “When thunder roars, go indoors.”