With this year’s increase in U.S. lightning fatalities, schools and universities are once again reminded that lightning is a real and present danger. Ignoring this threat can create a significant vulnerability gap in the emergency management program on your campus.
The United States experiences on average 20 million cloud-to-ground lightning flashes per year, and while the majority of deaths occur in the Southeast, lightning can happen in any state and on any campus. The states with the second highest number of lightning fatalities so far in 2016 are Louisiana and New York.
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