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Commercial and Industrial Lighting Industry Leader, Convergence, Introduces Tech Consulting Division to Educate Luxury Homeowners

NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Convergence Partners, Inc., a leader in the commercial and industrial lighting industry, introduces technology consulting division to bridge the knowledge gap for luxury homeowners. "Luxury homeowners are looking for a resource to learn about the technology solutions currently available for connected homes, said Matt Selecman, General Manager of Bespoke. "People know the types of features they want in their luxury homes, but typically don't know what's available or what's best for their lifestyle," Selecman continued."

"Bespoke is a unique partner and has a combination of both design experience and the engineering support we need to execute a very complicated project," said Doug Dushan, Business Development Manager for Denizen.

The Bespoke team consists of highly-experienced individuals with decades of experience in the luxury residential market including electrical, interior design, lighting, controls, automation, dedicated home theaters, ​and automated window treatments.

"We're very happy to partner with Bespoke because they're committed to bringing our residential innovations to the design community, to our dealers, and installers," said Michael Smith, Vice President of Lutron Electronics. "The Bespoke team is capable of winning the great opportunities we now have for Connected Home Solutions," Smith continued.

"Up-to-date information about incorporating technology into homes for the luxury-connected experiences essential for unique lifestyles is a great deal to ask of interior designers, architects, and home builders," said Erin Mankameyer, Owner of Groover Interior Design in Leawood, Kansas.

"Working with Bespoke is the best way to guarantee the experience will be flawless and that our clients are going to have a great outcome in their luxury homes," said Alex Capecelatro, CEO of Massachusetts-based, Josh A.I.

Learn more about Bespoke: https://bespoke.fyi/

About Convergence Partners, Inc.:

Incorporated in 2014, Convergence represents quality manufacturers and provides service solutions within four focused divisions. Convergence has a family-first culture built on ethical business practices that foster long-term relationships. Based in North Kansas City, Missouri, Convergence covers Western Missouri and all of Kansas via its regional offices in Springfield, Missouri, and Wichita, Kansas. In 2021, Convergence expanded its lighting business by adding a regional office in St. Louis, Missouri. The luxury residential division of Convergence originally formed in 2019 was introduced as Bespoke in 2022, and services Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas. More information: https://convergerep.com/.

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Reliant Roofing Now Partnering with Tesla Solar Roof

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Reliant Roofing is honored to announce its certification as one of America's authorized installers of Tesla Solar Roof. Working closely with Tesla, Reliant now offers their clients throughout Northeast Florida a modern and beautiful roof that also provides efficient, independent and clean energy solar power!

"Tesla's mission to 'Accelerate the world's transition to sustainable energy' is something we're really excited to be a part of and assist in achieving," said Cameron Shouppe, President of Reliant Roofing. "Florida is the Sunshine State! The amount of solar power available to be used is so abundant. In our state alone, we could potentially provide clean energy to the entire world if solar power was arranged and distributed properly."

Residents across Northeast Florida can now have clean energy and a beautiful roof with Tesla Solar Roof installed by Reliant Roofing's expert technicians. Reliant clients will enjoy the benefits of swift, detailed design work, quality installation and energy savings from Tesla Solar Roof. Tesla Solar Roof is three times stronger than traditional tile and is protected by an excellent 25-year warranty.

Reliant can survey a client's house, create a custom designed Tesla Solar Roof system, offer numerous options via the Tesla Decider, at https://www.reliantroofing.com/Solar-Decider/, and then install their brand new Tesla Solar Roof. The Tesla Decider tool helps customers in selecting components, get a cost estimate and schedule a customized consultation with a Reliant expert.

The Tesla Powerwall greatly adds to the value and saving power of Tesla Solar Roof. Powerwall is a home backup battery that stores converted energy from the Tesla Solar Roof. Living in Florida comes with risks of heavy storms. If a power outage occurs due to a hurricane or severe storm or it's night time, the Tesla Solar Roof power is stored in the Tesla Powerwall. The majority of backup generators take up to 10 minutes to produce electricity, but the Tesla Powerwall begins almost instantly. Reliant clients can have their own energy independence and never worry about an outage again!

"Tesla Solar Roof and Powerwall are great investments! Our clients now have the opportunity to be a part of our planet's transition to sustainable, clean energy," said Shouppe, "while increasing their home value."

This exciting partnership between Tesla and Reliant Roofing now allows residents in Northeast Florida to benefit from this innovative and efficient technology.

About Reliant:

Reliant is located in Jacksonville, Florida, and has been family owned and operated since 2015. Reliant is a member in good standing with the Better Business Bureau and a member of the National Roofing Contractors Association. Reliant provides services in several counties in and around Northeast Florida, including; Duval, Baker, Clay, Nassau, St Johns, Flagler and Volusia.

To learn more about Reliant Roofing, go to https://www.reliantroofing.com/

Roofing License #: CCC1325948

Building License #: CGC1527996

Solar License #: CVC57079

Electrical License #: EC13010006

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ViewTech’s Video Borescopes Utilized for Inspecting Balconies and Elevated Structures

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- In response to the 2015 deck collapse in Berkeley which caused six fatalities, California legislation signed into law SB 721 and SB 326 requiring periodic inspections of exterior elevated elements (EEE) that structurally rely on wood or wood-based materials, says ViewTech Borescopes.

California Senate Bill 721 relates to apartment complexes with more than three units, while senate bill 326 pertains to condominiums or multi-family housing controlled by residential homeowners' associations (HOAs).

Any entry, decks, porches, stairways, walkways, and other entry structure that are elevated more than six feet above ground level must be checked for cracks, rotting, insect damage, rusted fasteners or connectors, and mold or mildew exposure.

There are many methods, techniques, and types of equipment that can be utilized during these necessary evaluations of EEE, including visual inspection, infrared thermography, destructive testing, and video borescopes. With initial safety investigations needing to be completed by January 1, 2025, ViewTech Borescopes has a multitude of clients that own VJ-3 Far Focus video borescopes specifically for these inspections.

When completing inspections, licensed structural engineers, architects, contractors, or certified building inspectors drill a series of holes through materials and use a ViewTech VJ-3 video borescope to take photos and videos to assist with necessary reports, including photographs of any damage found. ViewTech Borescopes no-cost, no-demo program is available to trial by professionals completing SB 721 or SB 326 inspections.

About ViewTech Borescopes

ViewTech Borescopes, founded as RF System Lab in 2008, is North America's #1 seller of video borescopes. Their first product, the VJ borescope, set a new standard for portability, ergonomics and ease-of-use, with its industry-first mechanical, joystick-controlled articulation.

For more information on VJ-3 Video Borescope: https://www.viewtech.com/

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Ventura County’s PSS Offers Quality Garage & Commercial Overhead Door Services

VENTURA, Calif. -- PSS Garage Doors & Gates (PSS), formerly known as Perimeter Security Systems, provides top-tier garage and overhead door services in addition to the automatic gate work the company has masterfully done for more than 35 years.

With a strong background in the door industry, General Manager Tim Whitehouse and Sales Manager Glenn Zweifel have assembled a fantastic team of door technicians with over 4 decades of collective experience to complement the company's gate team. Endeavoring to be a preeminent overhead door company in Southern California, PSS has clients from Goleta and Santa Barbara all the way to Agoura Hills and Malibu.

PSS is able to provide customers with an incredible, diverse selection of dependable garage and commercial overhead doors from many industry-leading vendors including Wayne Dalton, Amarr, Rytec, Porvene, and Ranch House Doors. For garage doors, PSS offers vinyl, fiberglass, wood, sectional steel, and steel one-piece tilt up options. With the exception of the vinyl doors, which come in standard sizes, all of the garage doors the company supplies are custom made to ensure they match specifications to a tee.

When it comes to commercial and industrial overhead doors, PSS provides visually appealing and dependable models of commercial sheet doors, sectional steel doors, steel roll up doors, fire doors, counter shutters, and more. Besides doors, PSS also furnishes and installs the operator units that control the movement.

Their estimators provide free, no-obligation quotes and are committed to helping each client find the ideal choice for their particular needs. In addition to taking all required measurements and going over brochures highlighting the different options available, these estimators always take the time to thoughtfully and thoroughly address any questions or concerns that prospective clients have on their minds.

This garage and overhead door company also offers cost-effective repair and maintenance services to help keep the doors looking and functioning as they should. PSS' technicians carry frequently-used parts on their service trucks, and are often able to make repairs during the initial appointment. Otherwise, they are able to order the required parts and help keep the space secure until the work can be completed. PSS' preventative maintenance is another means by which they keep their customers' doors in excellent working order.

The professionals at PSS firmly stand behind their work and are committed to handling all of their clients' garage and overhead door needs no matter how simple or complex in nature. The company also strives each day to offer unmatched value in its products and services while providing a pleasant experience from start to finish. They always aim to provide excellent customer service, ensuring that the door systems look great and function at their very best.

Additionally, all completed work is carefully inspected and tested for quality assurance. With estimators and technicians that are respectful, punctual, and take great pride in their workmanship, PSS is the ideal choice for homeowners and businesses across Ventura County and beyond.

PSS Garage Doors & Gates is located at 1441 Callens Rd. in Ventura, and can be reached at (805) 644-5482. For more information about their products and services, please visit http://www.pssgaragedoorsandgates.com/.

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After, Inc. and PermaPlate® Partner to Deliver PermaPlate Furniture Protection powered by QuickCover® to Online Furniture Retailers

NORWALK, Conn. -- After, Inc., the leading customer experience technology company providing software and services to the world's top manufacturers, retailers and merchants, today announced its partnership with PermaPlate Furniture, the furniture protection plan division of PermaPlate®. PermaPlate® recently expanded its warranty administration solutions to offer furniture coverage to online furniture and home furnishing retailers.

Furniture and homeware e-commerce generates $55 billion in revenue in the United States, according to Statista's September 2021 estimates - 12% of total retail e-commerce and the fastest growing sector, beating fashion and electronics. Given PermaPlate's reputation for delivering a world-class experience to its customers, it chose to partner with After, Inc., who has been providing best-in-class post-sale services to global retailers and manufacturers since 2005.

"For the past fifteen years, After, Inc. has been helping some of the world's top brands like Electrolux, Ford, Harley Davidson, Toro, Husqvarna, Canon, and Bass Pro Shops transform their warranty programs," says Nate Baldwin, CEO of After, Inc. "Now we have taken that knowledge and expertise, helping our clients optimize their product registration, service contract sales, analytics and program management, and built the QuickSuite platform. A key difference in our QuickCover® technology is that it does not compete with manufacturers, retailers or TPAs - like PermaPlate Furniture - who have their own service contract programs. Instead, it provides the technology they need to maximize their own online protection plan sales. We're thrilled to partner with PermaPlate Furniture to offer its Furniture Protection Plus plans powered by QuickCover®."

"After, Inc.'s QuickCover® technology was the clear choice for PermaPlate Furniture," says John Nisson, President of PermaPlate®. "After knows how critically important the customer relationship is for both manufacturers and retailers. They also understand the fundamental nuances and market demands for manufacturing limited warranties, and how to deliver best-in-class post-sale experiences for customers. After aligns with PermaPlate Furniture's strategic expansion plans to deliver innovative solutions to online furniture retailers. Its QuickCover® platform will allow any online furniture retailer to easily implement and offer PermaPlate Furniture protection plans with confidence in minutes through native e-commerce platform APIs like Shopify and Magento."

ABOUT AFTER, INC.

After, Inc. (afterinc.com) is a pioneer in the Warranty Services industry. Since 2005, After, Inc. has been partnering with some of the world's top brands to help transform their warranty businesses, driving customer satisfaction post-purchase, higher product reliability, deeper brand equity and additional revenue and profit opportunities. The company launched QuickSuite, in 2021, a modular set of SaaS technologies to help manufacturers, retailers, and e-commerce sellers build deeper relationships with their customers and drive satisfaction, loyalty, and lifetime revenue after the point of sale.

Headquartered in Norwalk, CT with offices in New York City, After, Inc. is part of Galway Holdings Group, a financial services distribution company with a focus towards data analytics, technology transformation, and innovative risk sharing solutions. Learn more: https://www.afterinc.com/.

ABOUT PERMAPLATE FURNITURE

PermaPlate® is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, and is an industry leader in the manufacturing of appearance protection products and in the delivery of world class warranty administration services to thousands of retailers throughout the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.

PermaPlate Furniture (www.permaplatefurniture.com) is uniquely positioned in the appearance protection warranty industry, leveraging nearly 44 years of rich corporate history and customer service expertise to more than 27,000 furniture stores and online retailers in the United States and their valued customers.

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Organic Aromas Unveils Aurora: A Textured Glass Diffuser with Dynamic Color Play and New Light Function

KUNA, Idaho -- Organic Aromas® (OrganicAromas.com), maker of the beautiful nebulizing aromatherapy diffuser has once again delivered a new diffuser design with the most unique features yet! The Aurora is a pretty gem that brings rainbows into your life. Utilizing stylish ribbed glass, this vibrant colorful piece allows you to enjoy illusions that illuminate your space. The smooth, charming ceramic base is attractive and striking and comes in black or white.

The pearly top showcases a contemporary diffuser design displaying the ultimate modern look of aromatherapy. The Aurora is a flattering addition to every space in the home and office. The one-of-a-kind textured glass takes style to a whole new level ensuring that modern aromatherapy is best delivered with charming aesthetics like those of the Aurora.

Furthermore, The Aurora is fitted with a brand new "dimmer function" with a simple touch sensor control that takes the light from 100% brightness to 50% to 30% and then off. The color play is an effect achieved by applying a special glaze on the glass surface at very high temperatures. Organic Aromas plans to bring this original dimmer function design to all of the nebulizing diffusers equipped with the white LED light.

In addition, Organic Aromas is excited to announce the rollout of a spectacular color "picking" function feature where you set the tone and mood as you wish. Now the nebulizing diffusers equipped with our regular rainbow LED mood lighting will come with a new "color picking" function where you can choose from one of any 7 colors ranging from green to yellow, red and blue. A touch sensor at the base of the unit allows you to conveniently choose and stop on the color you want. This simple function has been a common request received from loyal, long-time customers from very early on and Organic Aromas is happy to deliver!

Learn more: https://organicaromas.com/products/aurora

Bright Future for Organic Aromas with International Expansion

Organic aromas is proud to announce the successful launch of new markets in Poland (organicaromas.pl), Korea (organicaromas.kr) and in South Africa (organicaromas.co.za) in 2021. Sales growth has been extremely robust and the outlook is strong. Currently, multiple new branches are planned across the globe for next year, including in Japan and the United Kingdom. The worldwide demand for the unique, high quality nebulizing diffuser is substantial and Organic Aromas looks forward to meeting that challenge with rapid global growth.

Organic Aromas Is Giving Back

As part of our corporate social responsibility efforts, Organic Aromas is creating a resource hub for aromatherapy safety. This resource will provide free, accurate information and tools that will help people use essential oils safely, effectively and in the right way. This forum will bring together industry experts in a bid to assist people safely attain the best results from aromatherapy.

As an active aromatherapy market player for many years, we realize that many people do not know how to properly leverage essential oils to effectively promote wellness and health. We are therefore stepping in to provide vital guidance and information on best practices in this respect. We are certain this move will bring long-lasting value to the industry and the consumer.

This festive season, we wish you and your family great health and happiness. We are dedicated to bringing you innovative solutions in aromatherapy so that you can continue to thrive holistically. We are here to serve you.

About Organic Aromas

Organic Aromas is the leading aromatherapy brand - maker of the iconic Nebulizing Diffuser®. The company also sells a host of premium quality essential oils and aromatherapy accessories that promote natural wellness. This innovative company is always adding exciting products to its portfolio to enhance and promote effective aromatherapy.

More information at: https://organicaromas.com/.

Organic Aromas, 525 Main St. Ste B; Kuna, ID 83634.

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HomeBinder partners with Thumbtack to expand homeowners’ access to home service professionals

BOSTON, Mass. -- HomeBinder, a centralized home management platform that keeps homeowners connected with mortgage lenders, Realtors and other authorized professionals, today announced a new integration with Thumbtack. The integration expands upon the more than 23,000 recommended service providers already listed in HomeBinder to provide consumers with access to hundreds of thousands of home service professionals across every county in the United States.

HomeBinder simplifies home management with interactive to-do lists, maintenance records, home project planning tools and online storage of documents, appliance models, property details and photos. Before gifting HomeBinder to a client, home inspectors, mortgage lenders and Realtors can populate the 'Home Service Provider' tab with a personalized list of recommended home service professionals, strengthening their relationships with those referral partners while providing a valuable service to homeowners.

Thumbtack helps homeowners effortlessly manage their homes - confidently knowing what to do, when to do it and who to hire. Once a homeowner is ready to start a project, Thumbtack intelligently matches them to skilled local professionals with the right expertise, availability and pricing. Through this new integration, homeowners on HomeBinder can now instantly book top-rated professionals on Thumbtack from television mounters to house cleaners and local movers.

"Partnering with Thumbtack enhances HomeBinder's ability to connect homeowners with local handymen, electricians painters and more - and each time homeowners are helped by their HomeBinder, they are reminded of the mortgage lender, real estate agent or authorized professional who gifted it to them," said HomeBinder Chief Strategy Officer Pete Paglia. "Our ultimate goal is to help our clients increase repeat and referral business, and teaming up with Thumbtack is just one of the ways we are doing that."

"From small fixes and routine maintenance to major improvements, Thumbtack helps millions of homeowners across the United States manage their home from top to bottom," said Thumbtack Director of Partnerships David Steckel. "We're excited to partner with HomeBinder to help homeowners more seamlessly connect with the right pro for all their home needs - without the hassle."

The Thumbtack integration is available in the United States to all HomeBinder customers. To enable the integration, visit https://hubs.ly/Q010N_H80.

About HomeBinder:

HomeBinder is a home management platform that makes maintaining a home's value easy while improving relationships between homeowners and the businesses that serve them. Unlike traditional leave-behinds like business cards and refrigerator magnets, HomeBinder maintains an ongoing digital connection with homeowners as they manage their data, documents and relationships over time. Founded in 2015, HomeBinder is a venture-backed Techstars Boston '19 company headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts. For more information, visit https://pages.homebinder.com/.

About Thumbtack:

Thumbtack is a technology leader building the modern home management platform. Through the Thumbtack app, homeowners can effortlessly manage their homes - confidently knowing what to do, when to do it and who to hire. Bringing the $500 billion home services industry online, Thumbtack empowers millions of homeowners to fix, maintain and improve their most valuable asset. Hundreds of thousands of local service professionals, from painters and plumbers to photographers and math tutors, use the Thumbtack platform to grow their business each year. The company is backed by Sequoia Capital, Tiger Global Management, Javelin Venture Partners, Baillie Gifford and CapitalG, among others.

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Seattle Plumbing Company Answers Plea for Help with $10,000 Sign-On Bonus

RENTON, Wash. -- It's no secret that both the COVID-19 pandemic and the volume of unemployment is still causing a disturbing amount of damage across Washington state, says Trusted Plumbing and Heating. With over 100,000 residents in King County still collecting unemployment, thousands of businesses are at risk of closing their doors - simply because they can't get people to work.

Trusted Plumbing and Heating, a family-owned plumbing business in Renton, is just one of many local businesses feeling the effects of Washington residents not going back to work. While business is booming and there's no lack of homeowners needing plumbing help, the struggle remains to simply get a team out to the job.

This local team of plumbers is working around the clock to keep up with the heightened demand for plumbing repairs in Seattle and the greater King County area. Jim Cunningham, owner, is offering an extremely generous and lofty bonus for the right candidate.

"Simply put, we just need a plumber. We are looking for a qualified journeyman to join our team. We can't keep up with demand, and we've been searching for months on end. By offering $10,000 we hope to entice the right candidate," says Cunningham. "Believe me when I say there are many who are shocked that I am going to this extent."

Across many states, Washington included, thousands of companies are spending their advertising dollars on billboard ads, TV commercials, and even advertising on local transportation stating the need for workers. With no end in sight, Trusted Plumbing and Heating is hoping that their efforts will make a difference.

For anyone interested in learning more, visit https://www.trustedplumbingheating.com/seattle-plumbing/, or contact (206) 231-5008.

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Site Preparations, LLC Named to Inc. 5000 List of Fastest-Growing Privately Held US Companies

GAP, Pa. -- Site Preparations, LLC, a garage and shed foundation installation company headquartered in Gap, PA, has been named to Inc. Magazine's 2021 Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing privately-owned companies in the United States. The company was ranked #3119 on the list with a three-year revenue growth rate of 121% for the period from 2017-2020. The company is listed on the Inc. 5000 list under its shortened brand name, Site Prep.

Since its founding in 2014, Site Prep has experienced strong year-over-year growth. While the company offers a variety of services, they primarily specialize in site preparation for outdoor structures like sheds and garages. Site Prep's top-selling product, a shed base made of crushed stone, has increased in popularity as shed buyers have become educated on the importance of a solid foundation for the longevity of prefab buildings.

While the COVID-19 pandemic presented new challenges, CEO John Dienner says the company was blessed with strong demand for its services. "The pandemic caused homeowners to do work at home which lead lots of people to buy backyard sheds to free up garage space." The company found that increased demand for prefab sheds drove a corresponding demand for shed foundations.

According to Dienner, the company's success is the direct result of a people-first mentality. "Hiring the right people for each position in our company has been the key to our recent growth," he said.

Online marketing has been another key component of the Site Prep's growth strategy. The company spent several years creating an online archive of resources about shed and garage foundations. These resources include how-to articles, DIY foundation guides, explainer videos, and more. The company has found that the free information generates a significant amount of positive feedback, both from customers and from do-it-yourselfers working on their own projects.

Looking forward, Dienner hopes to expand into larger-scale site preparation services. "Our next big goal is to develop a commercial excavation division."

About Site Preparations, LLC

Site Preparations, LLC is a site preparation company specialing in shed foundations, garage foundations, and small building demolition. Since 2014, Site Preparations, LLC has been a leader in the developing shed foundation industry in the Mid-Atlantic United States. Site Preparations, LLC is headquartered in Gap, PA, and serves customers in PA, NJ, MD, NY, DE, VA, and beyond. For more information, visit https://www.siteprep.com/.

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(717) 799-7311
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Lightning, Tragedy and Lessons Learned about Safety and Awareness: A Look Back at One of Lightning’s Deadliest Strikes

CUMBERLAND, Maine -- This Sunday marks the 70th anniversary of one of the deadliest lightning strikes in the U.S. and the National Lightning Safety Council is recalling the tragic event to spotlight the dangers of lightning, a common, yet underrated weather peril.

Lives were shattered in an instant on August 1, 1951 when lightning struck a tree at Wind Cave, Wyoming, killing four girl hikers and their leader and injuring nine others. The hikers were on a trek from a girls' camp in Darby Canyon to Wind Cave, Ice Cave, and back.

"Fortunately, most people are more aware of lightning's dangers now than they were in 1951," said John Jensenius, a lightning safety specialist with the National Lightning Safety Council (NLSC).

According to Jensenius, the Center for Disease Control logged 248 U.S. lightning deaths in 1951, which is one more than the combined total of 247 deaths the NLSC has documented for the past 10 years.

Karma Lambert, one of the most seriously injured survivors, vividly remembers events up until the time when lightning struck the tall tree that she and several others were sitting under. Lambert, now 84, attributes her survival to the quick actions of hiking guide, Fred Miller, and several older girls who repeatedly administered "artificial respiration."

Lambert's detailed account of the incident and her 2015 return to the site is featured on her daughter's website: https://watercolor365.com/my-mother-a-lightning-survivor-honors-victims/.

Now, 70 years after the event, Kelly Loosli, a professor of Animation and Film at Brigham Young University is interviewing survivors of the Wind Cave lightning incident for a documentary he's preparing. Loosli is the grandson of the then Teton County Sheriff Dwight Loosli, who organized men and horses to rescue the injured and transport the dead in the ensuing hours after the lightning strike.

"My interest stems from my grandfather's involvement in the rescue and the heroism of all those involved," said Loosli. "This was a terrible tragedy and I don't want to see anything like this ever happen again."

Lambert has advice for anyone headed out on a hike, "Check the forecast and if thunderstorms are predicted, just don't go."

Jensenius wants people to know what happened that tragic day in 1951 to stress the importance of monitoring weather conditions to limit the lightning threat.

"Consider canceling or postponing activities if thunderstorms are predicted and remember, when thunder roars, go indoors," advises Jensenius. "Lightning safety is a minor inconvenience that just might save your life."

The National Lightning Safety Council invites educators, government officials and others to help build lightning safe communities by learning more about lightning safety, lightning protection and risk reduction.

Visit the http://www.lightningsafetycouncil.org/ for shareable information, resources and safety tips. Inquiries about specific lightning concerns can also be addressed to Council members via contacts here: http://www.lightningsafetycouncil.com/LSC-About.html

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