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  • Jun 24, 2014 10:25:40 AM Lightning Safety

    Lightning SafetyAccording to a recent report from NOAA, June, July and August are the peak months for lightning activity across the U.S. and the peak months for outdoor summer activities. As a result, almost two thirds of lightning deaths occurred to people who had been enjoying outdoor leisure activities; more than 70 percent of these lightning deaths occurred during the summer months with Saturdays and Sundays having slightly more deaths than other days of the week.

     

    National Lightning Safety Awareness Week (June 22-28) is a great time to become familiar with some lightning safety measures to keep you and your family safe.

     

    Before you go out in the rain, know the facts.

    • w Lightning often strikes the same place repeatedly, especially if it’s a tall, pointy, isolated object. The Empire State Building is hit nearly 100 times a year! (The presence of metal makes absolutely no difference on where lightning strikes.)
    • w Most cars are safe from lightning, but it is the metal roof and metal sides that protect you, not the rubber tires.
    • w A house is a safe place to be during a thunderstorm as long as you avoid anything that conducts electricity.
    • w Never seek shelter from lightning under a tree. It is actually the second leading cause of lightning fatalities.
    • w If someone is struck by lightning, don’t be scared to assist him or her immediately. The human body does not store electricity and helping them immediately could be essential to their survival.

     

    Keep yourself and others safe by being lighting aware. For more information on lightning, visit the NOAA lightning page. For thunderstorm safety tips visit www.ready.gov/thunderstorms-lightning

     

     

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  • Jun 2, 2014 10:48:52 AM Video: Hurricane Preparedness

    National Hurricane Center Senior Hurricane Specialist Stacy Stewart discusses the life-saving actions to take before, during and after a hurricane.

     

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    About the National Capital Region
    The National Capital Region (NCR) is a collection of sovereign jurisdictions, including cities, counties, states and the District of Columbia. This website and the efforts of the region's communicators and public information officers will focus on regional collaboration between the region's homeland security partners to achieve a safe and secure National Capital Region.

Thunderstorms and Lightning

To prepare for a thunderstorm -- and lightning -- you should first build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan. Then remove dead or rotting trees and branches that could fall and cause injury or damage during a severe thunderstorm. When a thunderstorm threatens, postpone outdoor activities, secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage and get inside a home, building or hard top automobile (not a convertible). Remember the 30/30 Lightning Safety Rule: Go indoors if, after seeing lightning, you cannot count to 30 before hearing thunder. Stay indoors for 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder. Learn more and get prepared for thunderstorms and lightning at www.ready.gov/thunderstorms-lightning.

 

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