Lightning is one of the most common and dangerous weather conditions that impacts outdoor events. According to the National Weather Service, during the past 30 years (1979-2008) lightning causes an average of 55-60 fatalities and 400 injuries each year. Most casualties result from inappropriate behavior during thunderstorms, particularly when people are caught outdoors during recreation events or organized sports. Being aware of, and following, proven lightning safety guidelines can greatly reduce the risk of injury or death.

An important step in preventing a lightning strike accident is to adhere to a set of policies and procedures governing the steps taken in the event lightning or severe weather is present. All Cache County sponsored outdoor events and any public outdoor event held at the Cache County Fairgrounds must have a lightning/severe weather plan for that event. The plan below may be used by any event booking at the Fairgrounds or another plan my be submitted by the event coordinator or sponsor.


County Lightning Policy (PDF)