TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The proclamation signed last week is an effort to raise awareness of the dangers from summer thunderstorms and lightning strikes. From 1959 to 2008, 62 Kansans have died and another 200 have been injured in lightning strikes.
The adjutant general's staff said Kansas ranks second nationally
for the number of lightning damage reports. Nationally, 400 people
are struck by lightning each year while working or playing
outdoors. About 67 people will die from the strikes.
During the awareness week, state emergency management and relief
organizations are passing along tips for staying safe during severe
storms to prevent injury, death and property destruction.