READY.GOV: When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors! The Importance of Lightning Safety

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When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors Lightning Awareness Week June 22-28,2014

Summer is the peak season for one of the nation’s deadliest weather phenomena–lightning. Though lightning strikes peak in summer, people are struck year round. In the United States, an average of 51 people are killed each year by lightning, and hundreds more are severely injured. While lightning fatalities have decreased over the past 30 years, lightning continues to be one of the top three storm-related killers in the United States.

Often, these injuries and deaths are due to misinformation around the seriousness of thunderstorms and lightning. Lightning Awareness Week exists to help bring these issues to light and to ultimately help save lives.

This week, we wanted to provide you with lightning safety tips, educational/training resources and address many myths about lightning. Click below!  

Safety TipsLightning ResourcesDebunking Myths About Lightning

Additional Resources

Below you’ll find some additional information about thunderstorms and lightning:

Help Owlie Spread The Word About Lightning Safety

Owlie Skywarn, the National Weather Service’s go-to-owl for safety and preparedness information, needs your help spreading the word about lightning safety this week! It’s important to “HootOUT” about lightning safety to as many people as possible.

Click on the Tweet #LightningSafety button below to share important information about #lightningsafety and #preparedness.

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Updated: August 17, 2014 — 6:46 pm

The Author

Rich Fleetwood

Rich is the founder of SurvivalRing, now in it's 24th year, author of multimedia CDs and DVDs, loves the outdoors, his family, his geeky skill-set, and lives in rural southern Wyoming, just below the continental divide (long story, that...). Always ready to help others, he shares what he learns on multiple blogs, many social sites, and more. With a background in preparedness and survival skills, training with county, state, and national organizations, and skills in all areas of media and on air experience in live radio and television, Rich is always thinking about the "big picture", when it comes to helping individuals and families prepare for life's little surprises.

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