The final installation of the Earth Networks lighting alert system has been finished. Our New Prairie coaches and staff have been receiving alerts via email/phone since school started, but now the horn and strobe alert have been installed, making the system complete.
With over 1,800 sensors in nearly 50 countries around the world, Earth Network is the most extensive and technologically-advanced global lightning network. They have the ability to monitor in-cloud lightning which enables them to generate faster, localized storm alerts and warn of other forms of severe weather like tornadoes, downbursts and hail.
If you hear one long 15 second horn blast, please seek shelter immediately as lighting has been detected in our area. A flashing strobe light in the tower signifies that we are currently under alert. The strobe will stay flashing for 30min after the last lighting strike inside our protected radius. Three 5 second horn blasts signifies the all clear and that activities are safe to resume. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the information above and seek shelter immediately when the system is signaling an alert. The sign above will also be posted around our outdoor athletic facilities.
If an alert is issued, the countdown timer below will allow everyone to see how much time is left in the delay. The timing information can also be found under the MORE tab on the main page of NPCougars.com. Scroll to SPORTS MEDICINE and you will see the EARTH NETWORKS LIGHTING DETECTION SYSTEM INFORMATION & COUNTDOWN TIMER.
The 30 minute countdown alert automatically refreshes with each strike inside the set protected radius.