TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) Governor Sebelius has declared this week as
lightning awareness week in Kansas.
The proclamation is an effort to raise awareness of the dangers from summer thunderstorms and lightning strikes. From 1959 to 2008, 62 Kansans died and 200 others were injured in lightning strikes.
The adjutant general's staff says Kansas ranks second nationally in the number of lightning damage reports. Nationally, 400 people are struck by lightning each year while working or playing outdoors. About 67 people are killed by 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.