Lightning Protection Institute Sponsors Press Conference & Workshop

COLLEGE PARK, Md., June 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Members of the media are invited to join the Lightning Protection Institute and partners at the University of Maryland on June 24 for an exclusive press conference and reporter workshop in conjunction with  Lightning Safety Awareness Week (June 22-27). The event will provide fresh leads on stories about how researchers and organizations are building lightning-safe communities in the Mid-Atlantic region.

WHO: Lightning science and safety experts from the University of Maryland, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Lightning Protection Institute, Insurance Information Institute, Lightning Safety Alliance, Earth Networks and Federal Alliance for Safe Homes.

WHAT: Lightning Safety Awareness Week Press Conference and Reporter Workshop, featuring free lunch and admission, media kits and free parking for attendees.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)
10:00 a.m.         Welcome and introduction
10:15 a.m.         Short presentations on:

  • The “Building Lightning Safe Communities” Initiative
  • Lightning Safety at Sporting Venues
  • Lightning Losses and Insurance Costs
  • Tracking Dangerous Storms Using Lightning Observations
  • Dispelling Lightning Safety Myths

11:30 a.m.         Break; Speakers available for interviews
12:00 p.m.         Catered lunch
12:00 p.m.         Panel discussion – Protecting People
12:30 p.m.         Panel discussion – Protecting Property
1:00 p.m.         Rooftop tour (optional)
1:00 p.m.         One-hour continuing education course (optional)

For a more detailed agenda, click here.

WHERE: University of Maryland Earth Science System Interdisciplinary Center (5825 University Research Court, Suite 4001, College Park, Maryland 20740)

WHY: Lightning is a leading storm-related killer, responsible for nearly $1 billion in property damage in the United States each year. Learn how researchers and organizations are partnering to build lightning safe communities.

RSVP: If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Abby Robinson by June 21, at, (301) 405-5845.

About the Lightning Protection Institute
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 installation in accordance with national safety standards. LPI certifies individuals for the installation of lightning protection systems through a Master Installer testing progra.m. to qualify competence. LPI supports lightning protection quality control and assurance through third-party inspection. Information about follow-up inspection services can be found at For a list of certified contractors visit the LPI website at

SOURCE Lightning Safety Alliance