As severe weather season continues through the summer, it is important to note that lightning is now at its peak. June 22-28 is 2014 National Lightning Safety Awareness Week, an initiative started by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Weather Service (NWS) to educate communities about lightning safety. According to the NOAA, lightning is the most underrated weather hazard, killing an average of 51 people in the U.S. each year. It is critical for residents to understand how to protect themselves from lightning in the event of a thunderstorm.
Emergency Communications Network (ECN), North America’s largest provider of emergency notification systems, is using social media to share lightning safety resources with the public. Lightning safety information will be posted on the company’s Twitter and Facebook pages with posts using the hashtag #LSAW.
Residents living in communities that offer CodeRED Weather Warning are encouraged to sign up for severe thunderstorm notifications or update their contact information on their city or county website. According to the MidWest Severe Storm Tracking Response Center, being outdoors is the most dangerous place someone can be during a thunderstorm; therefore, it is very important to know the weather forecast before leaving the house. CodeRED Weather Warning is a service that automatically sends residents severe weather notifications via phone call, text and/or email, minutes after an alert is issued by the NWS.
Those who are not living in an area that offers the CodeRED Weather Warning service are encouraged to download the CodeRED Mobile Alert app. The CodeRED app is geoaware, making it capable of sending alerts based on a subscriber’s location. There are thousands of CodeRED clients across the U.S. who are capable of launching messages to the app. Any subscriber traveling through these CodeRED client communities will receive the alert directly on their smartphone. The app is free to download and offers free emergency, general and missing person alerts issued by public safety officials using CodeRED. The app comes with a complimentary 30-day trial of CodeRED Weather Warning. Upgrading CodeRED Weather Warning on the app to receive alerts past the 30-day trial is available for a fee of $4.99 per year. Download the CodeRED app for your iPhone or Android.