Media Advisory: I.I.I. Participating In Lightning Safety Awareness Week Workshop

I.I.I.’s Chief Communications Officer is ‘Protecting Property’ Panelist in Maryland on June 24
June 23, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New York Press Office: (212) 346-5500; media@iii.org

New York, NY, June 23, 2014—Reporters are invited to join the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.) and the Lightning Protection Institute (LPI) in College Park, Maryland, on Tuesday, June 24, for a Lightning Safety Awareness Week (June 22-28) workshop.

The event will provide fresh leads on stories about how researchers and organizations are building lightning-safe communities in the Mid-Atlantic region, and updates can be found on Twitter at #LSAW.  

Ms. Jeanne Salvatore, senior vice president, chief communications officer, I.I.I., will participate in the 10 a.m. news conference, and at 12:30 p.m., will join in a panel discussion, “Protecting Property,” which will be moderated by Kim Loehr, communications director, LPI.

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

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 am         Welcome and introduction

            10:15 am         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 am         Break; Speakers available for interviews; catered lunch afterwards

            12:00 pm         Panel discussion – Protecting People

            12:30 pm         Panel discussion – Protecting Property

WHERE:           University of Maryland Research Park
Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center 5825 University Research Court, Suite 4001
College Park, MD 20740-3823

To arrange an interview with Ms. Salvatore, call Michael Barry, vice president, media relations, I.I.I. at 212-346-5542.  His email address is michaelb@iii.org.

To RSVP, contact Dr. Abby Robinson, director of communications, University of Maryland’s College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences at 301-405-5845.  Her email address is abbyr@umd.edu

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