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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BOULDER CO
600 AM MDT SUN JUN 18 2006

              ...LIGHTNING KILLS...PLAY IT SAFE!

THIS WEEK NOAA’S NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IS TEAMING WITH THE 
COLORADO DIVISION OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE TO
HOST COLORADO LIGHTNING AND WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS WEEK.  EACH YEAR IN
COLORADO MORE PEOPLE ARE KILLED OR INJURED BY LIGHTNING THAN BY FLOODS
OR TORNADOES.  LIGHTNING INJURIES CAN BE SERIOUS AND HAVE LASTING IMPACTS
ON THE QUALITY OF LIFE OF THE INJURED PERSON.  LIGHTNING ALSO STARTS HALF
OF THE WILDFIRES ON PUBLIC LANDS IN COLORADO

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LOCAL OFFICES WILL PROVIDE STATEMENTS EACH DAY
THIS WEEK ON A VARIETY OF LIGHTNING AND WILDFIRE ISSUES:

...MONDAY...LIGHTING OVERVIEW
...TUESDAY...THE SCIENCE OF THUNDERSTORMS AND LIGHTNING...
...WEDNESDAY...LIGHTNING SAFETY OUTSIDE
...THURSDAY...LIGHTNING SAFETY INSIDE
...FRIDAY...MEDICAL ISSUES OF LIGHTNING INJURIES
...SATURDAY...LIGHTNING AND WILDFIRES

INFORMATION ABOUT LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK IS AVAILABLE ON THE NWS
LIGHTNING SAFETY WEBSITE AT:

              http://www.lightnighsafety.noaa.gvo

THIS SITE CONTAINS A WEALTH OF INFORMATION ABOUT LIGHTNING SAFETY AND
PROVIDES INSIGHT TO THE SCIENCE AND MEDICAL ASPECTS OF LIGHTNING.  THERE
ARE ALSO OUTREACH MATERIALS, INCLUDING POSTERS AND PUBLIC SAFETY
ANNOUNCEMENTS, TO ASSIST WITH LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS EFFORTS.
                                             
SOME LIGHTNING SAFETY TIPS:

   1. KEEP AN EYE ON THE SKY. LOOK FOR DARKENING SKIES...FLASHES OF LIGHTNING
   ...OR INCREASING WIND...WHICH MAY BE SIGNS OF AN APPROACHING THUNDERSTORM.
   GET TO A SAFE SHELTER IMMEDIATELY IF A THUNDERSTORM APPROACHES. COACHES
   AND OTHER LEADERS SHOULD LISTEN TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO FOR THE LATEST
   FORECASTS AND WARNINGS DURING PRACTICE SESSIONS AND GAMES.

   2. DO NOT WAIT FOR RAIN TO POSTPONE OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES.   MANY PEOPLE
   TAKE SHELTER FROM THE RAIN...BUT MOST PEOPLE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING ARE NOT
   IN THE RAIN. GO QUICKLY INSIDE A COMPLETELY ENCLOSED BUILDING... NOT A
   CARPORT...OPEN GARAGE...DUG OUT...OR COVERED PATIO. IF NO ENCLOSED
   BUILDING IS NEARBY...GET INSIDE A HARD-TOPPED ALL-METAL VEHICLE AND REMAIN
   THERE UNTIL THE STORM HAS SAFELY PASSED.

   3. PLACES TO AVOID INCLUDE...UNDER OR CLOSE TO TREES...SHEDS...PICNIC
   SHELTERS...BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL DUGOUTS...BLEACHERS...BEACHES...AND
   OPEN FIELDS.  IF THERE IS NO SHELTER AVAILABLE AND LIGHTNING THREATENS,
   CROUCH IN THE OPEN ON THE BALLS OF YOUR FEET AND COVER YOUR EARS.  KEEP
   TWICE AS FAR AWAY FROM A TREE AS IT IS TALL.  ALSO STAY AWAY FROM CLOTHES
   LINES...FENCES...EXPOSED SHEDS...AND ELECTRICALLY CONDUCTIVE ELEVATED
   OBJECTS.
 
   4. GET OUT OF THE WATER...IT IS A GREAT CONDUCTOR OF ELECTRICITY. STAY
   OFF THE BEACH AND OUT OF SMALL BOATS OR CANOES.  IF CAUGHT IN A BOAT...
   CROUCH DOWN IN THE CENTER AWAY FROM METAL HARDWARE.  SWIMMING... WADING
   ...SNORKELING...AND SCUBA DIVING ARE NOT SAFE.



GLANCY
WARNING COORDINATION METEOROLOGIST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BOULDER CO

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