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The National Weather Service and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) want citizens to remember their new slogan, "When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors." The effort is part of this week's Lightning Safety Awareness Week.According to the NWS kills more than 50 people and injures more than 1,000 on average every year. A majority of victims were either outdoors in an open area or taking part in an activity near the water such as fishing, boating or swimming. Less than 10 percent of people struck by lightning die, and burns are actually rare, but victims can suffer debilitating life-ling effects like memory loss, chronic pain, headaches or irrperable nerve damage. Safety tips

If you are outdoors:
If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you. Move immediately to safe shelter such as a substantial building or inside an enclosed, hard-topped vehicle. Stay in the safe shelter for at least a half-hour after the last thunder clap.

If there is no safe-shelter available:
Seek lower elevation areas
Never use a tree for shelter
Immediately get away from bodies of water, even pools
Stay away from metallic objects like fences or poles
Do not raise umbrellas, golf clubs, etc.

For more information go to www.Ready.Illinois.gov or call 217-785-9925

 

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