Friday, March 7, 2014

Severe Weather Preparedness Week: Thunderstorms & Lightning

The information below was provided by Overland Park's Emergency Management Coordinator, Kyle Burns.

Every thunderstorm produces lightning. In the United States, an average of 400 people are injured and 60 people are killed each year by lightning. Although most lightning victims survive, people struck by lightning often report a variety of long-term debilitating symptoms. Other dangers associated with thunderstorms include tornadoes, strong winds, hail and flash flooding. Despite these statistics, lightning remains an underrated threat amongst Americans. 

Watch the short video below highlighting the importance of lightning safety and then read our list of 10 debunked lightning safety myths. 

Lightning Tips


Additional Resources

Need shareable content about thunderstorms & lightning? Download FEMA's Thunderstorm FACT Sheet.

NOAA Lightning Safety: An excellent resource for information, data, and statistics around lightning and lightning safety.