Volunteers Head to Haiti to Protect Orphanage Besieged by Lightning 

 Building Lightning Safe Communities Project Provides Critical Relief to Charity Organization in Kenscoff

HARTFORD, Conn., Jan. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Haiti is no stranger to natural disasters and severe weather, as devastating earthquakes, hurricanes and floods have taken their toll on the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Located some 700 miles off the Florida coastline, Haiti is also extremely vulnerable to lightning, which is a common weather threat that impacts the lives and livelihood of many Haitians on a frequent basis.

For years, Haiti’s St. Helene’s Home (NPFS) and Orphanage has suffered repeated lightning strikes to its facility, which consists of 29 buildings on a 13-acre compound. Located 5000 ft. above sea level on the top of the highest point in the Kenscoff mountains, the compound is especially vulnerable to severe thunderstorms with frequent lightning posing serious safety concerns for the children—including many who are severely handicapped and disabled.  Thanks to an outpouring of support from two nonprofits in the lightning protection industry, St. Helene’s Home and Orphanage will soon enjoy relief from the dangerous and costly weather hazard which has routinely destroyed life-sustaining electrical equipment, critical appliances, computers and lighting systems; while also threatening essential housing structures located on the premises.

In 2012 when the orphanage was besieged by an especially severe thunderstorm, Gena Heraty, director of special needs programs for NPFS, began researching what could be done to protect the children and the property.

“I had heard people talk about lightning rods, but knew nothing about what they were or how they worked,” said Heraty. “So when my internet investigations found a nonprofit organization that actually responded to my chance email AND offered a solution, I was surprised and truly amazed!”

The Lightning Protection Institute (LPI), responded to Heraty’s email and quickly enlisted support from its partners at the Lightning Safety Alliance (LSA) to plan a relief mission known as the “Building Lightning Safe Communities Haiti Project” to provide essential lightning protection systems for the orphanage’s critical buildings. Launching the first phase of the project, volunteer board members from the two nonprofits (Mitchell Guthrie, Guy Maxwell and Mark Morgan), traveled to the orphanage in 2013 to survey the site and outline the necessary manpower, materials and cost to provide lightning protection systems for the various facility structures.

“The July 2013 site visit to the orphanage unveiled serious challenges in terms of terrain, grounding and deteriorating conditions with the electrical grid—a host of problems that our lightning protection team has not had a great deal of experience in dealing with,” said Guy Maxwell, LSA president and owner of Maxwell Lightning Protection of Florida.

Maxwell, a LPI-certified Master Installer/Designer whose firm has provided countless systems for structures and rides at Walt Disney World, worked meticulously for months to prepare 30 pages of detailed lightning protection designs for the orphanage complex. “The challenges we uncovered at the Kenscoff complex made it necessary to reevaluate the scope of the lightning protection plan and prompted a need to expand the industry team to include more installers with electrical expertise,” explained Maxwell.

In addition to the challenges posed by the terrain and site conditions, funding for the lightning protection materials, tools and crew travel was a costly concern for project organizers.  As plans developed, it became clear that the success of the lightning protection mission would ultimately rely on industry donations of money, time and talent.

“It is amazing to think that a call to action email to LPI and LSA members helped secure nearly $50,000 in cash and material donations to make the project a reality for the orphanage,” said Jennifer Morgan, principal at ECLE, a Connecticut-based lightning protection equipment manufacturer responsible for overseeing the Haiti project logistics.

Answering the industry’s petition, an outpouring of donors and volunteers, dubbed the “Honor Roll of Haiti Project Sponsors”http://www.lightningsafe.org/haitiproject8.html came together to donate the necessary funds, equipment and labor. Under Morgan’s guidance, ECLE secured additional donations of relief supplies, clothing and essential resources, which were packed with the lightning protection materials and shipped from Winsted, Connecticut to NPH’s US-based office in Miami for delivery to the Haiti orphanage.

“There has never been a project like this in my years in the lightning protection industry; it is truly an historic endeavor,” added Morgan.

Now that years of planning are complete, the volunteer team of ten lightning protection installers is departing for Haiti this week to complete the most important phase of the project, and Heraty is anxiously awaiting their arrival.

“I hope the lightning protection crew will pass on some maintenance skills to our local team, fall in love with our place and find some small ways to continue to support us when they go back home,” said Heraty. “Here in NPFS Haiti, we are very committed to what we are doing and are so grateful to everyone that helps us. I only wish I could look every single person that has helped us in the eye and shake their hands to have them feel just how much I appreciate their support!”

The Lightning Protection Institute (LPI) is a not-for-profit, nationwide group founded in 1955 to promote lightning safety, awareness and education and is a leading resource for lightning protection information and system requirements.  Visit the LPI website at www.lightning.org for more information.

The Lightning Safety Alliance (LSA) is a nonprofit, national league of lightning protection professionals and consumers dedicated to the promotion of lightning protection and lightning safety. Visit the LSA website at www.lightningsafetyalliance.org for more information.

St. Helene’s Home and Orphanage in Haiti is home to over 400 children, hosting primary and secondary schooling on its property to provide education for its patrons and an additional 350 children from the Kenscoff community. The Kay Christine facility, also located inside the St. Helene’s complex, provides care and housing to over 30 children and adults with neurological conditions and special needs.  Visit https://www.nph.org/haiti or https://nphspecialneedshaiti.com/ to learn more about the orphanage and discover ways that your donations or sponsorship can make a difference.

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CONTACT: Kim Loehr, LPI/LSA Communications Office, kiml@lightning.org  804-314-8955

 

“Building Lightning Safe Communities Haiti Project” Design Charrette to Brief Volunteer Team for Lightning Protection Mission

haiti logoMEDIA ADVISORY —  January 8, 2016 — Dania Beach, Florida

Project Will Provide Critical Relief to Kenscoff Orphanage Besieged by Lightning

Contact: Kimberly Loehr, LPI/LSA Communications Office / Phone: 804-314-8955 / Email: kiml@lightning.org  / Twitter: kimberly loehr@lightningkim

Who:  Lightning protection experts from the Lightning Protection Institute (LPI) and the Lightning Safety Alliance (LSA):

Jennifer Morgan, Educational Coordinator, LSA

Mark Morgan, Lightning Protection Technical Committee, NFPA 780, LPI/LSA Board

Guy Maxwell, President, LSA, LPI Master Installer/Designer

Mitchell Guthrie, LPI Consulting Engineer/Technical Committee, NFPA 780

Haiti Project “Dream Team” of 10 Volunteer Lightning Protection Installers

What:   An all-day Lightning protection design charrette and team meeting to finalize plans to provide essential lightning protection systems for St. Helene’s Home Orphanage compound in Kenscoff, Haiti.

When:   Saturday, January 9, 2016,  9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Where:  “Oak Meeting Room” SpringHill Suites, Fort Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Port, 151 Southwest 18th Court, Dania Beach, Florida 30004

Why:  For years, Haiti’s St. Helene’s Home (NPFS) and Orphanage has suffered repeated lightning strikes to its facility, which consists of 29 buildings on a 13-acre compound. Located 5000 ft. above sea level on the top of the highest point in the Kenscoff mountains, the compound is especially vulnerable to severe thunderstorms with frequent lightning posing serious safety concerns for the children—including many who are severely handicapped and disabled. Lightning has routinely destroyed life-sustaining electrical equipment, critical appliances, computers and lighting systems; while also threatening essential housing structures located on the premises. After four years of planning, a mission trip funded by LPI and LSA will depart for Haiti on 1/10/16 to install life-sustaining lightning protection systems for the orphanage’s critical buildings.

The Lightning Protection Institute (LPI) is a not-for-profit, nationwide group founded in 1955 to promote lightning safety, awareness and education and is a leading resource for lightning protection information and system requirements. Visit www.lightning.org for more information.

 The Lightning Safety Alliance (LSA) is a nonprofit, national league of lightning prot4ection professionals and consumers dedicated to the promotion of lightning protection and lightning safety. Visit the LSA website at www.lightningsafetyalliance.org for more information.

St. Helene‘s Home and Orphanage in Haiti is home to over 400 children, hosting primary and secondary schooling on its property to provide education for its patrons and an additional 350 children from the Kenscoff community. The Kay Christine facility, also located inside the St. Helene’s complex, provides care and housing to over 30 children and adults with neurological conditions and special needs.  Visit https://www.nph.org/ws/homes/home.php?lang=en&haiti or https://nphspecialneedshaiti.com/ to learn more about the orphanage.

Haiti Project Update!

Haiti Project Update!

Dealing With Lightning Protection: Quality control relies on specification, installation, and inspection.

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Photo courtesy Western Lightning Protection Canada

By Kim Loehr

December 1, 2015  —  Lightning packs a powerful punch. A single bolt carries up to 100 million volts of electricity and has the power to rip through roofs, explode walls of brick and concrete, wreak havoc with circuitry and ignite deadly fires. It is no wonder experts with the U.S. National Weather Service have dubbed lightning as “the most dangerous and frequently encountered weather hazard experienced by most people each year.”

While lightning poses significant safety and economic concerns, there is good news for design/construction professionals and property owners. Unlike threats posed by tornadoes, hurricanes, or floods, lightning is a force of nature for which affordable and reliable protection is available. A lightning protection system that meets all applicable safety standards from the onset will ensure system reliability for the future.

As long as lightning’s electricity is confined to a conductive path (i.e. the quickest route to the ground), it will not cause damage, explains Bud VanSickle, executive director for the Lightning Protection Institute (LPI). “Only when electricity encounters resistance does it cause destruction,” he says. (LPI is a leading resource for lightning protection and lightning safety information. Visit www.lightning.org for a list of certified contractors in Canada and the United States Information about follow-up, third-party inspection services is available at www.lpi-ip.com.)

Resistance is the concept behind arc-welding. When electrical current runs through an arc-welder, the resistance it encounters while arcing through air generates the heat necessary to melt steel. Unlike the arc welder, the highly conductive copper and aluminum materials used in a lightning protection system provide a low resistance path to safely ground lightning’s dangerous electricity without allowing it to ‘jump’ or ‘sideflash.’ When the lightning protection network is in place, the lightning strike is intercepted and directed to ground without impact to the structure, occupants, or contents.
Lightning protection standards
Lightning systems must include the following elements:
• strike termination network (i.e. air terminals or lightning rods);
• down-conductor network;
• grounding electrode network;
• equipotential bonding network; and
• surge protection devices (for all incoming power, data, and communication lines).

Failure to make proper provisions for special grounding techniques of these five elements can result in inadequate levels of protection.

Construction managers, engineers, and affected consumers should familiarize themselves with the fundamentals of lightning protection specification, installation, and inspection. While reference to the safety standards is crucial for proper installation and application, recent changes in Canadian regulation regarding inspections for lightning protection may be a source of confusion and misinformation about the trade and industry best practices.

In January 2011, the Government of Ontario repealed its Regulation 712, also known as the Lightning Rods Act. The repeal ceased the administration of lightning rod inspections by the Office of the Fire Marshal (OFM). The act was first introduced in 1922 to address concerns about inadequate lightning protection system installations in Ontario. While the regulation did not require system installations, it provided a licensing system for distributors and installers and authorized the OFM to inspect systems.

Although the inspections will no longer be provided by the fire marshal, OFM continues to offer guidance for lightning protection system installations and is still recommending compliance with established safety standards—the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and Underwriters Laboratory (UL).

“There is nothing currently in the building code about lightning protection installation or inspections for structures in Alberta,” said Carol Henke, public information officer at the Calgary Fire Department.

Henke explained different provinces in Canada have different codes that can be augmented with bylaws to respond to the needs of a particular region. She said fire safety officials support lightning protection efforts in Canada regardless of building code requirements or omissions.

“Our department is committed to serving the community through excellence in prevention, education, and protection and by delivering fire safety outreach to Calgarians,” said Henke. “Naturally, we are very supportive of safety measures that go above and beyond to protect citizens.”

The Lightning Protection Institute (LPI) is also increasing efforts to improve the best practices for lightning protection in Canada.
“LPI membership includes installation companies in Canada committed to bringing this high level of service to their markets, along with U.S. member contractors who work in the provinces,” said VanSickle. “We believe the market for lightning protection is going through a transitional period and LPI plans to be an active partner in developing professional quality solutions that eliminate concerns for all users of lightning protection.”

Excerpted from Construction Canada. To read the full article visit http://www.kenilworth.com/publications/cc/de/201512/files/100.html

Advancing Building Safety: Why it’s important to include lightning protection in the resilient “smart home” model.

This “Smart Home” model which includes lightning protection, was featured in a recently released paper by the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes-FLASH. The paper, “Understanding the Intersection of Resilience, Big Data, and the Internet of Things in the Changing Insurance Marketplace” reveals how the disaster-resilience movement is being advanced through the creation and sharing of valuable data and resources. Visit www.flash.org to access a copy of the full report.

November 11, 2015 — Lightning is the weather threat that affects most people, most of the time in the U.S.  Yet, lightning is not considered to be a “natural disaster” and despite its impact to people, property, homes and businesses, this common weather peril is often overlooked as a threat worthy of mitigation.

A recently released “Natural Disaster Housing Risk Report” by RealtyTrac® (www.realtytrac.com), the nation’s leading source for comprehensive housing data, found that “35.8 million U.S. single family homes and condos are located in counties with high or very high natural hazard risk.” Statistics like these sound the alarm to end the “build-destroy-rebuild” cycle of the past, which has only served to cost taxpayers money without providing a mechanism for much-needed prevention. While specific weather threats may be rare in certain regions of the country, lightning is prevalent just about everywhere, so its impact should be considered and addressed.

When the goal is comprehensive resiliency for homes and structures, it’s not just an “ounce of prevention” that will provide the cure. Designers, builders and code officials are increasingly mindful of practices that provide resistance to natural hazards such as hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, floods and wildfires–but what about lightning? Even the most safety-conscious designer, may not have considered this risk that affects thousands of homeowners each year. The massive power of lightning’s electrical charge and intense heat can induce destructive power surges through home circuitry, burn holes in CSST gas piping, explode brick and roofing materials, and ignite house fires. Lightning is also unique in that it doesn’t discriminate state by state, as most regions in the U.S. are highly susceptible to lightning strikes. Since lightning strikes more than 250,000 times per year and the vast majority of homes in the U.S. do not have lightning protection systems, there is a real potential for danger and destruction.

While it’s true that lightning losses are generally a covered peril in most property insurance policies, no homeowner relishes the idea of having to replace treasured belongings and valuable electronics due to a lightning-induced fire or power surge. Lightning protection is often one of the least expensive improvements that homeowners can purchase, and it can provide the best type of insurance–peace of mind and protection for family, home and valuables.

A lightning protection system provides a network of low resistance paths to safely intercept lightning’s dangerous electricity and direct it to ground without impact to the structure or its occupants. When lightning’s electricity is confined to a properly designed conductive path via a lightning protection system (e.g. roof network, grounding, bonding and surge protection) damage can be minimized or eliminated. Providing this low resistance path means the lightning does not try to fight its way through non-conductive building materials like wood, brick, rubber, etc. which can spark fires and even explosions.

When advancing building resiliency and disaster safety, it’s important that designers, builders and code officials don’t overlook lightning protection as part of the “smart home” model. Just as smart homes provide the ultimate in safety and comfort, lightning protection systems provide the ultimate in peace of mind to ensure those state-of-the-art energy collection methods and home automation systems don’t fall prey to damage by direct or nearby lightning strikes. Lightning’s harmful surges can zap, interrupt and damage these internal building systems and the ensuing repairs can result in homeowner headaches and costly service fees. A single bolt of lightning can pack over 100 million volts of electricity—which can strike a serious blow to even the smartest home. (Smart home automation systems can have a hard time functioning on on lightning-fried brain cells!)

Not only is lightning protection effective and affordable, but it provides another measure to improve building safety, resiliency, sustainability and efficiency. Specifying lightning protection systems for smart homes is an important way that designers can help build lightning safe communities. With lightning hitting the earth over 100 times per second, underestimating the lightning risk or overlooking the lightning protection for the smart home is just plain stupid.

Fire Prevention Month is the right time to assess the benefits of smoke alarms and lightning protection systems.

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Do you have a working smoke alarm in your bedroom? Can you “hear the beep where you sleep?” If not, now is the time to assess your smoke alarms—and it’s not enough to just check or replace the batteries.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), one quarter of home fire deaths are caused by fires that originate in the bedroom. It’s a scary statistic, and it’s the reason NFPA’s Fire Prevention Month campaign is encouraging homeowners to install smoke alarms in every bedroom and on every level; including basements and attics. NFPA is also stressing the importance of testing smoke alarms monthly and urging families to make an escape plan a priority, since in a fire situation, every second counts!

The NFPA estimates that home fires account for $7 billion in property loss in the U.S. Thunderstorm-sparked fires that occur in the darkness of night, can be difficult to detect; especially if the fire originates in the attic, basement or electrical panel. These fires can be especially destructive, when lightning ignites a home fire in one of the following ways:

  • Through a direct strike
  • In an arc discharge between two conductive objects at different induced potentials
  • By a current surge in circuitry and electrical equipment
  • By the overflow of substantial electrical current which causes overheating, melting or vaporizing of metal
  • By arcing of lightning current from conductors at high-resistance grounds
  • Through lightning puncturing pinholes in CSST gas piping

A typical lightning strike can pack up to 200 kA of electrical energy (100 million volts of power), and it’s not uncommon to read news accounts about lightning igniting late night home fires in many areas of the country. Just prior to posting this blog, lightning struck a home in Ancaster, N.Y., sparking a 2:00 a.m. fire in the home’s electrical box. Thankfully for the homeowners, firemen responded quickly, preventing injuries and total destruction.

What many homeowners may not know, is that a lightning protection system can provide a safe and effective grounding network to protect a structure from this type of preventable fire. When installed by a certified specialist, lightning protection systems meet the needs of safety, technology and design. A complete system includes: strike termination devices, conductors, ground terminals, interconnecting bonding to minimize side flashing, and surge protection devices for incoming power, data and communication lines to prevent harmful electrical surges. Methods and materials for lightning protection are reviewed regularly through a national safety standard process, which means the science of lightning protection keeps pace with our ever-changing technology. The NFPA 780 Standard for the Installation of Lightning Protection Systems is recognized as the most comprehensive resource for reducing lightning risks. The 2014 Standard includes 12 chapters and 15 annex sections to provide a thorough overview of design requirements and applications for lightning protection systems.

NFPA ‘s Fire Prevention campaign is believed to be the longest running public health and safety observance on record. Since 1922, the country has seen huge progress in the fire safety movement with the construction of fire-resistant buildings and improvements in fire suppression techniques. Fire Prevention Month is also a good time to remind homeowners about LPI’s newly released video about the lightning risk and the benefits of lightning protection systems for homeowners: http://lightning.org/learn-more/watch-learn/#video-3

More information about fire safety and NFPA’s annual campaign is available at www.firepreventionweek.org.

This October, help LPI build lightning safe communities by learning more about lightning protection and fire safety. Make sure you can “hear the BEEP, where you SLEEP!” And when you have a lightning protection system installed by a qualified LPI professional, you and your family can enjoy the peace of mind to rest easy!

Fire Prevention Month Event

USAA Tampa CPCU “Insurance Day” in the Lightning Capital of the Country! 

When:  October 20, 2015

Where: USAA Palms Campus, 17200 Commerce Park Blvd, Tampa, FL 33647

The FL Suncoast Chapter CPCU Society is hosting a special ‘Insurance Day’ event for local CPCU insurance professionals and mitigation specialists on Tuesday, October 20th at their USAA Tampa Palms campus. The event will be a first for both USAA Tampa and the FL Suncoast Chapter CPCU Society as USAA showcases its beautiful USAA Tampa campus, inviting insurance professionals from the greater Tampa area to participate in a new insurance related experience!

The Lightning Protection Institute has been invited to participate in this event, which will feature a multi room venue from 10 am to 2 pm for Insurance related booths, demonstrations, and speakers. Presentations and participants include:

*   Survive a Storm Shelters (Tornado Safe Rooms)
*   ASFPM (Floodplain Mapping)
*   National Weather Service (Storm Surge)
*   FL Division of Emergency Management
*   University of FL (Building Testing/Codes)
*   National VOAD (Resilient Building)
*   FL Retrofits (Hurricane Straps & Clips)
*   PCS Verisk Insurance Solutions (Claims & Crime Analytics)
*   IBHS (FORTIFIED Coastal Programs)
*   FL Sinkhole
*   III (Lynne McChristian)

* Lightning Protection Institute (Lightning Protection Systems – Kim Loehr)

 

 

 

Enlightenment about Lightning Protection Terms (Decoding the code jargon!)

inenglish!August 18, 2015 — Every profession and field of endeavor subscribes to its own jargon, which can be a source of serious frustration for those unfamiliar with the insider lingo.

The world of lightning protection is no exception. Unfortunately, the language of lightning protection installation can be a source of confusion for consumers and homeowners trying to decipher and understand the industry jargon. In an attempt to decode the code language, here’s a “Glossary” to enlighten readers about a few commonly-used lightning protection terms.

Note: language referenced below is as defined by the Lightning Protection Institute Standard of Practice for the Design – Installation – Inspection of Lightning Protection Systems, LPI-175/2014 Edition

Glossary of Lightning Protection Terms

Authority Having Jurisdiction: The organization, office, or individual responsible for approval and enforcement of equipment, materials, and installation or a procedure.

Bonding: An electrical connection between an electrically conductive object and a component of a lightning protection system that is intended to significantly reduce potential differences created by lightning currents.

Cable: A factory assembly combining multiple wire strands together to form a single conductor.  

Conductors: Devices defined by this Standard (LPI-175) as suitable to carry lightning current or make bonding interconnections.

Fastener: A component or set of components used to securely attach materials to the structure.  (Kim’s note: A fastener may also be a mechanical device, such as a rivet, bolt, screw, or pin that is used to securely hold two or more components together.)

Grounded: Connected to earth or to some conducting body that is connected to earth ground.

Grounding Electrode: The portion of a lightning protection system, such as a ground rod, ground plate or ground conductor that is installed for the purpose of providing electrical contact with the earth. (Kim’s note: grounding electrode applications must be suitable for soil conditions present at the location for the lightning protection system installation.)

Labeled: Equipment or materials to which has been attached a label, symbol, or other identifying mark of an organization that is acceptable to the authority having jurisdiction and concerned with product evaluation, that maintains periodic inspection of production of labeled equipment or materials, and by whose labeling the manufacturer indicates compliance with appropriate standards or performance in a specified manner. (Kim’s note: equipment and materials are labeled for quality control purposes.)

Lightning Protection System: A complete system of strike termination devices, main conductors (including conductive structural members), grounding electrodes, bonding or interconnecting conductors, surge protection devices and other connectors or fittings required to complete the system.

Listed: Equipment, materials or services included in a list published by an organization that is acceptable to the authority having jurisdiction and concerned with evaluation of products or services, that maintains periodic inspection of listed equipment or materials, or service meets appropriate designated standards or has been tested and found suitable for a specified purpose. (Kim’s note: lightning protection components are typically, “UL-listed” for quality control purposes and contractor firms are typically UL-listed to install lightning protection systems.)

Strike Termination Device (Air terminal): A component of a lightning protection system that intercepts lightning flashes and connects them to a path to ground.  Strike termination devices include air terminals, metal masts, qualified permanent metal parts of structures (as described in LPI-175), and overhead ground wires installed in catenary (overhead shielding), lightning protection systems.

Surge Protective Device (SPD): A device composed of any combination of linear or nonlinear circuit elements intended for limiting surge voltages on equipment by diverting or limiting surge current that comprises at least one nonlinear component. (Kim’s note: SPD’s are also described as “lightning arresters, surge arresters, surge suppressors and TVSS” in the field. SPD’s are typically installed in service electrical panels to block or ground lightning’s harmful voltage.)

 Zone of Protection: The space adjacent to a lightning protection system that is substantially immune to direct lightning flashes. 

Haiti Project Call to Action!

Support the Haiti Orphanage Project!

Support the Haiti Orphanage Project!

July 31, 2015

In 2012 the St. Helen’s Home and Nos Petits Freres et Soeurs “Our Little Brothers and Sisters” Orphanage (NPFS)  reached out to the lightning protection industry for assistance after lightning strikes repeatedly damaged the ovens and computers that the facility relies upon for their daily activities.  The NPFS facility is located on top of the Kenscoff mountain range at an elevations of over 5000 ft.  Each year severe thunderstorms bring damage to the structures on the orphanage’s 25 acre compound.  More than 400 children depend on the facility for food, housing and education.

LSA members visited the site in July 2013 and developed a plan to improve the facility’s vulnerability to lightning.  This is a unique opportunity for our industry to give back to the community and improve the lives of these disadvantaged youngsters.  In January 2016 a team of eight (8) installers will travel to Haiti to install lightning protection on four of the most critical structures on the site.  They will also perform upgrades to the substandard electrical grounding around the compound.  The total budget for this endeavor is $42,000 which includes materials, travel expenses, tools and shipping costs.

This endeavor needs your support.  Donations of lightning protection, grounding and surge suppression equipment are needed as well as cash to fund the travel expenses.  Please consider joining in this worthy project by choosing one of the Sponsorship categories below:

Sponsorship levels

Platinum              $2,500                                   _____

Gold                      $1,500                                   _____

Silver                     $750                                       _____

Bronze                  $500                                       _____

Friend                   $250                                       _____

Crew Member  $1,600   (8 needed)               _____

1/2 Crew Member  $800                                 _____

Tool Kit $500       (8 needed)                         _____

 Instructions for Sending Supplies and Cash Donations

Lightning Protection Equipment donations, relief supplies and miscellaneous donations (medical supplies, toys for orphans, etc) should be shipped to:

The Lightning Safety Alliance/ECLE

24 Lanson Drive

Winsted, CT  06098

Please mark boxes “Attn: Jennifer Morgan “Haiti project” and include packing list to itemize materials with $ value for each donated item.  Tax-deduction receipts for the Haiti Orphanage project donations will be provided by Our Little Brothers & Sisters USA office. Cash donations must be sent to above address, payable to: “Our Little Brothers & Sisters” with “Haiti/Gena Heragty Kenscoff L.P. project” in check memo.

For more information visit:  www.lightningsafe.org  or contact Kim Loehr at 804-314-8955 or kiml@lightning.org.