Severe Weather Preparedness Week: Lightning Safety Friday

Severe Weather Awareness Week is March 4-8, 2024. Salina311 will be presenting a series of articles to inform the public about those involved at the Saline County Department of Emergency Management, as well as tips on how to be prepared for all forms of severe weather.

Severe Weather Awareness Week, observed from March 4th to 8th, is currently in full swing, dedicated to educating the public on the importance of preparedness in the face of severe weather. This annual initiative, recognized by the National Weather Service every first week of March, aims to shed light on the potential risks associated with severe weather conditions and stress the need for continuous vigilance and readiness.

Friday, March 8th, has been designated as Lightning Safety Friday. Saline County Emergency Management, tasked with bolstering the county's resilience against natural and man-made crises, underscores the significance of understanding the dangers posed by lightning.

Lightning displays are a captivating yet potentially hazardous weather phenomenon. While the presence of lightning and thunder doesn't always categorize a thunderstorm as severe, it's crucial for individuals, particularly those engaged in outdoor activities like sporting events, to be aware. Sporting officials are mandated to monitor weather conditions, sometimes leading to game delays or cancellations. Remember, when thunder roars, seek shelter indoors. It's essential to know that lightning precedes thunder; therefore, avoid seeking refuge under trees or in water bodies. Cloud-to-ground lightning poses a significant threat, as it can ignite anything it strikes. Stay safe and stay informed during severe weather events.

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