Division of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation Services Lightning Policy
Lightning is the most consistent and significant weather hazard that may affect outdoor activities. The following safety precautions and protocol should be followed by any divisional group
participating in outdoor activities:
- Chain of Command:The persons filling the roles listed below are responsible for making the decision to remove a group or individuals from the playing field, stopping the
activity, and determining when/if it is safe to resume:
Practices: Athletic Trainer
Pre and post game: Event Manager
During competition: Officials
Intramural Professional or Sport Supervisor
c) Club Sports:
Practices: Club President or Coach
During Competition: Officials
d) Outdoor Rec Trips:
e) Ropes Course:
f) Outside Rentals:
- Detection: Be aware of how close lightning is occurring by using the "flash to bang method".
Shelter: Safe shelter is defined as a building such as Delaware Field House, Bob Carpenter Center, Carpenter Sports Building, Hartshorn Hall or the Student Health Center. If
access to a building is not available, seek shelter in a car with the windows up, but do not touch the sides of the vehicle (a golf cart or transport vehicle are NOT appropriate
- Count the seconds from the time the lightning is sighted to when the clap of thunder is heard.
- For every 5 seconds you count, the storm is 1 mile away from you.
- At 6 miles out (or 30 seconds) or if you feel your hair stand on end or skin tingle, CEASE ACTIVITY AND SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY.
Last Resort: If no safe shelter is available, crouch on the ground with your arms wrapped around your knees and only the balls of you feet touching the ground. DO NOT LIE FLAT
ON THE GROUND.
Activity should not resume until 30 minutes after the last lightning or clap of thunder.
- Avoid being near large trees or poles (choose a small tree in a wooded area, if possible).