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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PEACHTREE CITY GA
800 AM CDT SUN JUN 21 2015

...LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK KICKS OFF TODAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS DECLARED THE WEEK OF JUNE 21ST
THROUGH THE 27TH...LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK. THROUGHOUT THE
WEEK...IMPORTANT STATISTICAL INFORMATION AND SAFETY TIPS ON
LIGHTNING WILL BE HIGHLIGHTED VIA SOCIAL MEDIA /@NWSATLANTA/ AND THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PEACHTREE CITY/ATLANTA WEB PAGE WHICH CAN
BE FOUND AT: WWW.SRH.NOAA.GOV/FFC.

...GENERAL LIGHTNING INFORMATION AND STATISTICS...

IN THE UNITED STATES EACH YEAR...THERE ARE BETWEEN 20 AND 25 MILLION
CLOUD-TO-GROUND LIGHTNING FLASHES. WHILE LIGHTNING CAN BE
FASCINATING TO WATCH...IT IS ALSO EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. EACH ONE OF
THOSE 25 MILLION FLASHES IS A POTENTIAL KILLER. BASED ON DATA FOR
THE PAST 30 YEARS (1984 TO 2014)...LIGHTNING HAS KILLED MORE THAN
1500 PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES...AN AVERAGE OF 51 PEOPLE PER YEAR
BASED ON DOCUMENTED CASES. IN ADDITION...DURING THIS SAME PERIOD...
LIGHTNING HAS INJURED AN ESTIMATED 15,000 PEOPLE...SOME LEFT WITH
LIFE-LONG NEUROLOGICAL DAMAGE.

IN ADDITION TO THE DEATHS AND INJURIES...LIGHTNING CAUSES
CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE ACROSS THE NATION. EACH YEAR...LIGHTNING IS THE
CAUSE OF ABOUT 25,000 FIRES...INCLUDING ABOUT 4400 HOUSE FIRES...
1800 OTHER STRUCTURAL FIRES...AND NUMEROUS FOREST FIRES. THOSE FIRES
ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR AN ADDITIONAL ESTIMATED 12 DEATHS PER YEAR. ALL
TOTALED...LIGHTNING CAUSES NEARLY ONE BILLION DOLLARS IN DAMAGES
EACH YEAR.

...GENERAL LIGHTNING SAFETY...

WHETHER YOU ARE 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!

THE BEST PROTECTION FROM LIGHTNING IS A SUBSTANTIAL BUILDING. IF YOU
CANNOT GET INSIDE A SUBSTANTIAL BUILDING...A HARD TOPPED METAL
VEHICLE CAN ALSO PROTECT YOU FROM LIGHTNING. IF THE VEHICLE IS
STRUCK...THE LIGHTNING WILL FOLLOW THE OUTER METAL SHELL OF THE
VEHICLE TO THE GROUND. ITS IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE FULLY
INSIDE THE VEHICLE WITH THE WINDOWS ROLLED UP. NOTE THAT THE RUBBER
TIRES DO NOT PREVENT THE VEHICLE FROM BEING STRUCK...NOR DO THEY
PROVIDE ANY PROTECTION.

...WATER AND LIGHTNING SAFETY...

IN THE LAST TEN YEARS...LEISURE ACTIVITIES HAVE LED TO NEARLY TWO
THIRDS OF THE LIGHTNING FATALITIES IN THE UNITED STATES. WATER
RELATED ACTIVITIES...AND PARTICULARLY FISHING...CONTRIBUTE MOST TO
THE FATALITIES. BOATING AND BEACH ACTIVITIES ALSO CONTRIBUTE
SIGNIFICANTLY TO THE DEATH TOLL. IN MOST CASES...VICTIMS SIMPLY
WAITED FAR TOO LONG BEFORE SEEKING A SAFE SHELTER.

WHEN IT COMES TO WATER RELATED ACTIVITIES...THERE ARE SEVERAL
IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER.

* ALWAYS HAVE A PLAN SO THAT YOU CAN GET TO A SAFE PLACE BEFORE THE
  STORM ARRIVES.

* HEAD TO THAT SAFE PLACE IMMEDIATELY IF YOU SEE ANY SIGNS OF A
  DEVELOPING OR APPROACHING THUNDERSTORM. DON`T HESITATE.

...LIGHTNING SAFETY AROUND YOUR HOME...

THERE ARE THREE MAIN WAYS LIGHTNING ENTERS HOMES AND BUILDINGS: (1)
A DIRECT STRIKE (2) THROUGH WIRES OR PIPES THAT EXTEND OUTSIDE THE
STRUCTURE...AND (3) THROUGH THE GROUND. REGARDLESS OF THE METHOD OF
ENTRANCE...ONCE IN A STRUCTURE...THE LIGHTNING CAN TRAVEL THROUGH
THE ELECTRICAL AND PHONE WIRES...THE PLUMBING...AND/OR RADIO AND
TELEVISION RECEPTION SYSTEMS.

INDOOR SAFETY DEPENDS ON AVOIDING CONTACT WITH ITEMS THAT COULD
CONDUCT LIGHTNING WITHIN THE HOME. HERE ARE SOME INDOOR SAFETY TIPS
TO FOLLOW WHEN A THUNDERSTORM IS IN THE AREA.

1. DON`T TOUCH ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT OR CORDS. IF YOU PLAN TO UNPLUG
   ANY ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT...DO SO WELL BEFORE THE STORM ARRIVES.

2. STAY OFF CORDED PHONES.

3. AVOID CONTACT WITH PLUMBING. DO NOT WASH YOUR HANDS...TAKE A
   SHOWER...WASH DISHES OR DO LAUNDRY.

4. STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS AND DOORS...AND STAY OFF PORCHES.

IN CASE YOUR HOME IS STRUCK BY LIGHTNING:

1. EVACUATE YOUR HOME IMMEDIATELY IF YOU SMELL SMOKE AND CALL 911.
2. CALL YOUR LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENT AND...IF POSSIBLE...HAVE THEM
CHECK FOR HOT SPOTS IN YOUR WALLS WITH THERMAL IMAGING EQUIPMENT.
3. MAKE SURE ALL SMOKE DETECTORS ARE POWERED AND OPERATING PROPERLY.
4. IF NEEDED...HAVE A LICENSED ELECTRICIAN CHECK THE WIRING IN YOUR
HOME.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT LIGHTNING OR LIGHTNING
SAFETY...VISIT NOAA`S LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS WEB SITE AT:
HTTP://WWW.LIGHTNINGSAFETY.NOAA.GOV

REMEMBER...WHEN THUNDER ROARS...GO INDOORS!

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