Camp Evac Lighting Kinda Long
Bob Fiedler (hamoses@MAP.COM)
Wed, 7 Jun 1995 23:05:00 EDT
I have been following the postings on Lighting and how timely they are. I
just chaired an event for over 900 scouts/scouters a 1000 when you count
staff that had to be evacuated because of severe Lighting and possible hail.
On monday of the same week a severe thunderstorm and possible tornado tore
apart a town in our state. The event started out gray on friday afternoon
and there was a little lighting off in the distance as it grew dark. I met
with my staff and we put together our evac plan in case the storm came in.
We were luckey and the storm passed us with little more then a gentle breeze.
Saturday was grey until around 4:00 in the afternoon when it cleared up and
looked like it was going to be a great finish to a good weekend. During our
campfire I noticed that the Lighting was back again in the distance. Radio
reports that we received said that there was a severe Thunderstorm watch in
effect until midnight. I mobilized our Police explores and the staff to
prepare for evacuation if it became necessary.
We watched the storm and it looked like it was going to go around us again.
We saw the lighting going around us to the west and there was very little
thunder so it made distance estimation difficult. The temp dropped and a
breeze started to blow. With out a lot of warning a sizzler came down Not
too close but close enough to evac the field. Right after the sizzler the
rain came down in sheets.
Okay after the book here is my statement/question. I obviously waited too
long to move the people. When do you move the people when the temp
dropped? when the Lighting was spotted in the distance? Or when the Breeze
As it was Even with the lighting coming down around the camp we still had to
argue with some people to get off the field of lighting rods. We also had
our share of Macho types who thought that they could ride it out where they
Many people after the storm said I did the right thing clearing the field.
Others said I waited too long and still others wanted to know why they had
to get off the field.
I ve been scanning the board for a while and would appreciate your Life
Experience advice on this situation.
Yis Bob Fiedler Hamoses@map.com
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City