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Lightning Safety Week June 20 - 26

Article Published 06/22/2010

Governor Herbert Declares Lightning Safety Week June 20 - 26

Plan, Prepare, and Be Aware

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert has declared June 20 - 26, 2010, as Lightning Safety Awareness Week in Utah in conjunction with National Lightning Safety Awareness Week.

Lightning causes an average of nearly 60 deaths each year in the United States and many more people are left with devastating and permanent disabilities. In Utah, lightning has claimed the lives of 61 people since 1950, more than any other thunderstorm-related hazard.

The Lighting Safety Awareness campaign's purpose is to lower lightning death and injury rates and America's vulnerability to one of nature's deadliest hazards. The vast majority of lightning casualties can be prevented through simple, easy to follow safety guidelines. During Lightning Safety Awareness Week, the National Weather Service and the Utah Department of Public Safety hopes individuals and families will learn more about lightning risks and how to protect themselves and their loved ones.

The National Weather Service has partnered with the Utah Department of Public Safety's Division of Homeland Security to provide information via a Lightning Safety Awareness and Preparedness website.

Visit http://bit.ly/UTLightningSafety to learn more about how to prepare yourself for the risks and dangers associated with lightning in your community. The Utah Department of Public Safety's Division of Homeland Security offers additional information at http://bereadyutah.gov. Remember to make a plan, get a kit, be informed and get involved!