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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA  
1110 AM EDT FRI JUN 24 2016  
 
...LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK CONTINUES - WHY NWS DOES NOT  
RECOMMEND THE LIGHTNING CROUCH...  
 
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE (NWS) STOPPED RECOMMENDING THE  
CROUCH IN 2008. WHY? THE CROUCH SIMPLY DOES NOT PROVIDE A  
SIGNIFICANT LEVEL OF PROTECTION. WHETHER YOU ARE STANDING OR IN  
THE CROUCH POSITION, IF A LIGHTNING CHANNEL APPROACHES FROM  
NEARLY DIRECTLY OVERHEAD, YOU ARE VERY LIKELY TO BE STRUCK AND  
EITHER KILLED OR INJURED BY THE LIGHTNING STRIKE. SINCE THERE IS  
NO SAFE PLACE OUTDOORS, THE NWS WOULD RATHER FOCUS ON EXPLAINING  
WHAT TO DO SO THAT YOU DON'T GET INTO A DANGEROUS SITUATION  
IN THE FIRST PLACE.  
 
PLAN AHEAD - THAT INCLUDES KNOWING WHERE YOU WILL GO FOR SAFETY.  
LISTEN TO THE FORECAST.  
 
CANCEL OR POSTPONE ACTIVITIES IF THUNDERSTORMS ARE IN THE FORECAST.  
 
MONITOR WEATHER CONDITIONS.  
 
TAKE ACTION EARLY SO THAT YOU HAVE TIME TO GET TO A SAFE PLACE.  
 
GET INSIDE A SUBSTANTIAL BUILDING OR HARD-TOPPED METAL VEHICLE BEFORE  
THREATENING WEATHER ARRIVES.  
 
IF YOU HEAR THUNDER, GET TO A SAFE PLACE IMMEDIATELY. IF YOU CAN  
HEAR IT, IT IS CLOSE ENOUGH FOR YOU TO GET STRUCK.  
 
PROMOTING THE CROUCH GIVES PEOPLE THE FALSE IMPRESSION THAT  
CROUCHING WILL PROVIDE SAFETY. EVEN TO PROMOTE THE CROUCH AS A  
LAST RESORT WHEN A PERSON'S HAIR STANDS ON END GIVES PEOPLE THE  
IMPRESSION THAT THEY WILL GET A WARNING SIGN OR THAT THERE IS  
SOMETHING THAT THEY CAN DO IN THAT SITUATION TO PREVENT THEM FROM  
BEING STRUCK. THESE BELIEFS COULD CAUSE PEOPLE TO BECOME  
APATHETIC AND NOT SEEK A SAFE SHELTER BEFORE THE LIGHTNING  
THREAT BECOMES SIGNIFICANT.  
 
THERE IS NO SAFE PLACE OUTSIDE IN A THUNDERSTORM. IF YOU CANNOT  
GET INSIDE A SUBSTANTIAL BUILDING OR HARD-TOPPED METAL VEHICLE,  
YOU CANNOT BE SAFE. WHILE THERE MAY BE NOTHING YOU CAN DO TO  
LOWER YOUR RISK SUBSTANTIALLY, THERE ARE THINGS YOU SHOULD AVOID  
WHICH WOULD ACTUALLY INCREASE YOUR RISK OF BEING STRUCK.  
THESE INCLUDE...  
 
AVOID OPEN AREAS.  
 
DON'T BE...OR BE NEAR...THE TALLEST OBJECTS IN THE AREA.  
 
DON'T SHELTER UNDER TALL OR ISOLATED TREES.  
 
IN THE WOODS, PUT AS MUCH DISTANCE AS POSSIBLE BETWEEN YOU AND ANY  
TREE.  
 
IF IN A GROUP, SPREAD OUT SO THAT YOU INCREASE THE CHANCES FOR  
SURVIVORS WHO COULD COME TO THE AID OF ANY VICTIMS OF A LIGHTNING  
STRIKE.  
 
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT LIGHTNING OR LIGHTNING SAFETY,  
VISIT THE NOAA LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS WEB SITE AT  
 
HTTP://WWW.LIGHTNINGSAFETY.NOAA.GOV  
 

 
 
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