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IEMA, National Weather Service Remind People, “When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors”

                              Lightning Safety Awareness Week is June 23-29

Officials with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the National Weather Service (NWS) want you to remember, "When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors," so your fun times won't end in tragedy. The slogan is an important reminder that if you can hear thunder you're close enough to be struck by lightning, even if the thunderstorm isn't directly overhead.

The two agencies will be promoting this theme as part of national Lightning Safety Awareness Week June 23-29.

"Lightning can be fascinating to watch but it can also be deadly," said IEMA Director Jonathon Monken. "While a thunderstorm may disrupt our outdoor fun, there's really no safe place outside when lightning is in the area. We urge people to play it safe and go indoors when thunder roars."

For additional tips on lightning safety visit the Ready Illinois website at www.Ready.Illinois.gov

M O R E at www.iqesda.com 

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