from Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security
As the weather warms, the chances for severe thunderstorms increase across Franklin County. As we approach National Lightning Awareness Safety Week, June 19-25, Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security (FCEM&HS) encourages all Franklin County residents to know what to do before, during and after thunderstorms, and to practice severe weather safety and preparedness throughout the summer.
Although the number of lightning fatalities has continued to fall in previous years, lightning strikes continue to be one of the top three storm-related killers in the United States. Most lightning victims are struck before or after the storm reaches its greatest intensity. The best way to protect yourself and your family from lightning and the dangers of thunderstorms is to be prepared.
Therefore, if you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance. Residents are reminded that performing a simple measure can drastically reduce the chance of severe injury or death during a storm: When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors! Stop outdoor activities and seek shelter immediately.
Visit the FCEM&HS website to learn more about lightning safety measures.