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2013 Lightning Safety Awareness Week June 23 – 29

6/21/2013 Media contact(s):
John O’Brien, 216-698-3396, jfobrien@cuyahogacounty.us

Office of Emergency Management Announces 2013 Lightning Safety Awareness Week June 23 – 29

Cuyahoga County –Summer is the peak season for lightning - a deadly weather phenomena. During the 2013
Lightning Safety Awareness Week, the Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management urges everyone to learn about the dangers of lightning.

When a thunderstorm is in the area, there are no safe places outside. If you hear thunder, get inside.

Remember “When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!”

Listed below are a few tips for staying safe when lightning threatens:

  • Stay informed about local weather conditions by listening to a NOAA Weather Radio. Communicate imminent threats to those around you and get inside immediately.The safest structures are fully-enclosed buildings. Once inside, avoid contact with plumbing, do not use any device plugged into an electrical outlet, stay off corded phones, and stay away from windows and doors.
  • If you can’t get to a sturdy building, an enclosed car can also provide some protection.
  • If you can’t get to a building or car, stay away from trees, flagpoles, power lines and other tall objects. Continue to seek shelter.
  • If your home has been struck by lightning and you see fire or smoke, evacuate immediately and call 9-1-1.

The Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management’s mission is to protect lives, property, the environment, and the economy by helping citizens and safety forces prepare for natural and man-made disasters. For additional information, contact us at 216-443-5700 or online at http://ja.cuyahogacounty.us/en-US/emergency-management.aspx