Education and awareness are critical components of NOAA's efforts. People are more likely to respond to the threats posed by lightning if they understand those threats and the science behind the threats. Educators and the media play an important role in delivering this educational and safety information to the public. Consequently, one of the main goals of NOAA's Lightning Safety Awareness Team is to assemble as much information as possible, and make it available for use by others. NOAA's Lightning Safety Web site was set up to provide a resource for others to obtain information on lightning and lightning safety. In large part, NOAA depends on educators and the media to provide this information to their students, readers, or listeners.
In this talk, we will discus NOAA's educational and awareness efforts to reduce the number of lightning casualties in this country. We will show some of the specific resources NOAA, the NWS, and NOAA's Lightning Safety Awareness Team have made available to the public and media. In addition, we will talk about some of the coordinated efforts to promote lightning safety between NOAA and non-governmental organizations and individuals.