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Lightning Safety Awareness

by Rory Groves        July 22, 2010  |  7:35 pm  |  Category: Latest News

"Lightning injures 540 people annually"

- NOAA

June, July, and August are the peak months for lightning-related fatalities in the United States and injures more people annually than Tornadoes and Hurricanes combined.

Are your prepared? Enjoy your summer, but keep these Lightning Safety tips in mind:

  • If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to get struck. Lightning bolts can strike up to 10-miles from the base of a thunderstorm.
  • Many lightning injuries occur when people leave shelter too soon after a thunderstorm has passed. Avoid tragedy and wait at least 30 minutes after the last lightning strike before resuming outdoor activities.
  • Lightning follows the path of least resistance. If you cannot find indoor shelter, stay low to the ground and away from tall objects (like trees). Your vehicle is usually the safest choice if stranded outdoors.

County Government chooses Weather Defender to improve Public Safety, Emergency Management

by Rory Groves        November 19, 2009  |  4:30 pm  |  Category: Testimonials

"All I can say about the new Weather Defender by SWIFT Weather is WOW! Finally a weather software application that meets the needs of public safety and Skywarn spotters. I was shocked at the ease of the program and the timeliness of the data displayed on our computer monitor. I was also happy to see us get nice timely data at such a competitive price point especially during these times when our budgets are limited for new operational tools. No Emergency Manager or Skywarn spotter should do without the new Weather Defender."

Tony Mondaro - N2HWC
Deputy Coordinator
Hudson County Emergency Management
Harrison, New Jersey

 

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