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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LITTLE ROCK AR
600 AM CDT WED JUN 26 2013

...LIGHTNING SAFETY OUTDOORS...

THIS IS NATIONAL LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE...THE ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY 
MANAGEMENT...THE ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND TOURISM...THE U.S. 
ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS...THE ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES OF ARKANSAS...
AND ENTERGY ARKANSAS INCORPORATED ARE SPONSORS OF THE WEEK IN 
ARKANSAS.

THE TOPIC FOR TODAY IS LIGHTNING SAFETY OUTDOORS.

THE LIGHTNING SAFETY COMMUNITY REMINDS YOU THAT THERE IS LITTLE YOU 
CAN DO TO SUBSTANTIALLY REDUCE YOUR RISK IF YOU ARE OUTSIDE IN A
THUNDERSTORM. THE ONLY COMPLETELY SAFE ACTION IS TO GET INSIDE A 
SAFE BUILDING OR VEHICLE.


SAFE BUILDINGS...

A SAFE BUILDING IS ONE THAT IS FULLY ENCLOSED WITH A ROOF...
WALLS...AND FLOOR...AND HAS PLUMBING OR WIRING. EXAMPLES  
INCLUDE A HOME...SCHOOL...CHURCH...HOTEL...OFFICE BUILDING...
OR SHOPPING CENTER. ONCE INSIDE...STAY AWAY FROM SHOWERS...SINKS...
HOT TUBS...AND ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT SUCH AS TELEVISIONS...RADIOS...
CORDED TELPHONES AND COMPUTERS.

UNSAFE BUILDINGS...

UNSAFE BUILDINGS INCLUDE CARPORTS...OPEN GARAGES...COVERED 
PATIOS...PICNIC SHELTERS...BEACH PAVILIONS...GOLF SHELTERS...
TENTS OF ANY KIND...BASEBALL DUGOUTS...SHEDS AND GREENHOUSES. 

SAFE VEHICLES...

A SAFE VEHICLE IS ANY FULLY ENCLOSED METAL TOPPED VEHICLE...SUCH
AS A HARD TOPPED CAR...MINIVAN...BUS...OR TRUCK. WHILE INSIDE A 
SAFE VEHICLE...DO NOT USE ELECTRONIC DEVICES SUCH AS RADIO 
COMMUNICATIONS DURING A THUNDERSTORM. IF YOU DRIVE INTO A 
THUNDERSTORM...SLOW DOWN AND USE EXTRA CAUTION. IF POSSIBLE...PULL OFF
THE ROAD INTO A SAFE AREA. DO NOT LEAVE THE VEHICLE DURING A 
THUNDERSTORM.

UNSAFE VEHICLES...

UNSAFE VEHICLES INCLUDE CONVERTIBLES...GOLF CARTS...RIDING 
MOWERS...OPEN CAB CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT...AND BOATS WITHOUT 
CABINS.

BOLTS FROM THE BLUE...

A LIGHTNING FLASH CAN TRAVEL HORIZONTALLY MANY MILES AWAY FROM 
THE THUNDERSTORM AND THEN STRIKE THE GROUND. THESE TYPES OF 
LIGHTNING FLASHES ARE CALLED BOLTS FROM THE BLUE BECAUSE THEY SEEM 
TO COME OUT OF A CLEAR BLUE SKY. WHILE BLUE SKY MAY EXIST 
OVERHEAD...OR IN PART OF THE SKY OVERHEAD...A THUNDERSTORM IS 
ALWAYS LOCATED 5 TO 10 MILES...OR SOMETIMES EVEN FARTHER...AWAY. 
ALTHOUGH THESE FLASHES ARE RARE...THEY HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO CAUSE 
FATALITIES.

LIGHTNING RISK REDUCTION WHEN A SAFE LOCATION IS NEARBY...

RUN TO A SAFE BUILDING WHEN YOU FIRST HEAR THUNDER...SEE
LIGHTNING...OR OBSERVE DARK THREATENING CLOUDS DEVELOPING
OVERHEAD. STAY INSIDE UNTIL 30 MINUTES AFTER YOU LAST HEAR THUNDER.

DO NOT SHELTER UNDER TREES. YOU ARE NOT SAFE ANYWHERE OUTSIDE.

PLAN AHEAD. YOUR BEST SOURCE OF UP TO DATE WEATHER INFORMATION
IS A NOAA WEATHER RADIO. PORTABLE WEATHER RADIOS ARE HANDY FOR
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A WEATHER RADIO...STAY UP
TO DATE VIA THE INTERNET...TV...LOCAL RADIO...OR CELL PHONE. IF 
YOU ARE IN A GROUP...MAKE SURE ALL LEADERS OR MEMBERS OF THE 
GROUP HAVE A LIGHTNING SAFETY PLAN AND ARE READY TO USE IT.

IF YOU ARE PART OF A GROUP...PARTICULARLY A LARGE ONE...YOU WILL
NEED MORE TIME TO GET EVERYONE TO A SAFE PLACE. THE NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE RECOMMENDS HAVING PROFESSIONAL LIGHTNING
DETECTION EQUIPMENT SO YOUR GROUP CAN BE ALERTED FOR LIGHTNING
THAT IS A SIGNIFICANT DISTANCE FROM THE EVENT SITE.

OUTDOOR RISK REDUCTION WHEN A SAFE LOCATION IS NOT NEARBY...

REMEMBER...THERE IS NO SAFE PLACE OUTSIDE IN A THUNDERSTORM. IF YOU 
ABSOLUTELY CANNOT GET TO SAFETY...THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS 
DESIGNED TO HELP YOU SLIGHTLY LESSEN THE THREAT OF BEING STRUCK 
WHILE OUTSIDE. DO NOT KID YOURSELF...YOU ARE NOT SAFE OUTSIDE.

BEING STRANDED OUTDOORS WHEN LIGHTNING IS STRIKING NEARBY IS A 
HARROWING EXPERIENCE. YOUR FIRST AND ONLY TRULY SAFE CHOICE IS TO
GET TO A SAFE BUILDING OR VEHICLE. IF YOU ARE CAMPING...
CLIMBING...ON A MOTORCYCLE OR BICYCLE...BOATING...SCUBA DIVING...
OR ENJOYING OTHER OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES AND CANNOT GET TO A SAFE
VEHICLE OR BUILDING...FOLLOW THESE TIPS AS A LAST RESORT. THESE
TIPS WILL NOT PREVENT YOU FROM BEING STRUCK BY LIGHTNING...BUT MAY
SLIGHTLY LESSEN THE ODDS.

IF CAMPING OR HIKING FAR FROM A SAFE VEHICLE OR BUILDING...AVOID
OPEN FIELDS...THE TOP OF A HILL...OR A RIDGE TOP.

STAY AWAY FROM TALL ISOLATED TREES OR OTHER TALL OBJECTS. IF YOU
ARE IN A FOREST...STAY NEAR A LOWER STAND OF TREES.

IF YOU ARE CAMPING IN AN OPEN AREA...SET UP CAMP IN A VALLEY...
RAVINE...OR OTHER LOW AREA. REMEMBER...A TENT OFFERS NO
PROTECTION FROM LIGHTNING. WHEN CAMPING IN LOW AREAS...
HOWEVER...BE ALERT TO THE DANGERS OF FLASH FLOODING.

STAY AWAY FROM WATER...WET ITEMS SUCH AS ROPES...AND METAL 
OBJECTS SUCH AS FENCES AND POLES. WATER AND METAL ARE EXCELLENT
CONDUCTORS OF ELECTRICITY. THE CURRENT FROM A LIGHTNING FLASH 
WILL EASILY TRAVEL FOR LONG DISTANCES.

ON THE WATER...

THE VAST MAJORITY OF LIGHTNING INJURIES AND DEATHS ON BOATS OCCUR
ON SMALL BOATS WITH NO CABIN. IT IS CRUCIAL TO LISTEN TO THE
WEATHER WHEN YOU ARE BOATING. IF THUNDERSTORMS ARE FORECAST...
DO NOT GO OUT. IF YOU ARE OUT ON THE WATER AND SKIES ARE
THREATENING...GET BACK TO LAND AND FIND A SAFE BUILDING OR SAFE 
VEHICLE.

BOATS WITH CABINS OFFER A SAFER BUT NOT PERFECT ENVIRONMENT. 
SAFETY IS INCREASED FURTHER IF THE BOAT HAS A PROPERLY INSTALLED
LIGHTNING PROTECTION SYSTEM. IF YOU ARE INSIDE THE CABIN...STAY
AWAY FROM METAL AND ALL ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS. STAY OFF THE RADIO
UNLESS IT IS AN EMERGENCY. 

IF YOU ARE CAUGHT IN A THUNDERSTORM ON A SMALL BOAT...DROP ANCHOR
AND GET AS LOW AS POSSIBLE. LARGE BOATS WITH CABINS...ESPECIALLY
WITH LIGHTNING PROTECTION SYSTEMS PROPERLY INSTALLED...OR METAL
MARINE VESSELS ARE RELATIVELY SAFE. 

SCUBA DIVERS...

YOUR FIRST CHOICE IS TO HEAD IN AND GET IN A SAFE BUILDING OR
VEHICLE. IF THE BOAT YOU ARE IN DOES NOT HAVE A SAFE CABIN TO BE
IN DURING LIGHTNING...THEN YOU ARE SAFER DIVING DEEP INTO THE 
WATER FOR THE DURATION OF THE STORM OR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE.

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

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