The Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management is encouraging citizens to practice lightning and severe weather safety and preparedness during "Lightning Safety Awareness Week" (June 19 - 25) and all summer long.
According to the National Weather Service, the number of annual lightning-strike fatalities is decreasing. Twenty-nine people died of lightning strikes in 2010, including one Ohioan. In 2009, 34 people died.
Ohio averages 30-50 days of thunderstorm activity annually. But this year, with the eastern half of the nation experiencing extreme severe storms, flooding and tornadoes, Ohio has already exceeded record rainfall for the months of March, April and May.
Summertime is the peak season for thunder and lightning storms. Lightning Safety Awareness Week is conducted each year during the last full week of June – the beginning of summer. The purpose of the week is to help safeguard people from the hazards of lightning and to lower deaths and injuries caused by lightning strikes.
Review your severe weather safety plan. Check the items in your disaster supply kit. Conduct tornado and fire drills. Know where to go and what to do during severe storms. Check weather forecasts daily and plan outdoor activities accordingly. Just remember:
When thunder roars, go indoors.
For additional information on lightning safety, visit the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness site at