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The Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle Office of Emergency Management Announces Lightning Safety Week

June 22nd through June 28th is Lightning Safety Week. So far this spring the Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle region has experienced several severe thunderstorms and the Office of Emergency Management encourages residents to educate themselves about proper safety procedures when lightning is in the area.

When thunder roars, go indoors. If you can hear thunder, you are within the range of a lightning strike. Too many people wait for too long to get to a safe place when thunderstorms approach. Unfortunately, these delayed actions lead to many of the lightning deaths and injuries in the U.S. Listen to local weather forecasts and take shelter immediately if you hear thunder or see lightning. Although no shelter is completely safe from a lightning strike, your first choice should be a sturdy building. If you cannot get to a building, seek shelter in a vehicle and avoid touching any inside metal. If you cannot get into a building or a vehicle, find a low spot away from trees, fences, and poles. As a last resort, squat low to the ground on the balls of your feet and place your head between your knees with your hands over your ears. After the storm, wait at least 30 minutes after the last sound of thunder to resume outside activity.

Be prepared and have a plan – Educate your family, friends and colleagues about the dangers and procedures for reacting to lightning.

Stay informed – Get a weather radio or download a weather app to your smartphone; the app Weather Bug with Spark™ has real-time, minute-by-minute, mile-by-mile lightning monitoring from the WeatherBug Total Lightning Network.

Get involved – Preparedness is a shared responsibility of the entire community to keep everyone safe. Use the tools and resources provided by the National Weather Service to spread the word on lightning safety

For more information on lightning safety, visit and follow the Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle Office of Emergency Management’s twitter @CommEmerg and Facebook page  for lightning preparedness tips throughout the week.

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