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Seeking Mentors for Children Experiencing Parental Incarceration

AUSTIN, Texas -- Seedling Foundation, a non-profit organization serving children who have an incarcerated parent, is seeking business partners and individual volunteers to mentor children in Central Texas school districts during the 2022-23 school year. The organization served 472 children last school year and expects to significantly increase the number of children served in local school districts.

Based on research-driven, best practices for mentoring, Seedling trains and supports mentors (each mentor assisted by a professional Seedling Mentor Director) for their work with children who have an incarcerated parent. Mentors and mentees meet weekly during lunch at one of Seedling's 100 public school partners. Seedling works intently to pair volunteers' skills and interests with a child who has similar interests. The average duration of a mentor/mentee match is 24 months, which positively contributes to the students' personal development, resilience, school engagement, attendance, and disciplinary outcomes.

"Mentoring a child in a local public school is one of the most rewarding and impactful volunteer experiences in Central Texas. The reward for both the mentee and volunteer is life changing," said Dan Leal, Seedling Executive Director.

Seedling's mission is to mitigate the impact of parental incarceration on children in Central Texas through school-based mentoring. Seedling matches children with mentors in Austin ISD, Austin Achieve Public Schools, Del Valle ISD, Hays Consolidated ISD, KIPP Public Schools, and Pflugerville ISD. Since 2005, Seedling has served more than 2700 children who have a parent in prison or jail.

There are an estimated 8,000 kids who have a parent in jail or prison in Travis, Hays, Bastrop, and Williamson Counties. No system, including criminal justice and schools, asks the question of whether a child is in need due to parental incarceration. Seedling began mentoring children who have an incarcerated parent at the request of Austin ISD principals to fill a need that often remains hidden due to stigma.

Individuals may visit https://seedlingmentors.org to complete the New Mentor Application or call Seedling at (512) 323-6371 to inquire about an information session for a group. Caregivers who are seeking school-based mentoring for their child in school districts partnering with Seedling should contact the school's counseling department.

About Seedling:

Seedling has provided school-based mentoring for over 2700 Central Texas children impacted by parental incarceration since 2005. Seedling is seeking mentors to serve children during the 2022-23 school year. Seedling is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Tax ID #74-2841791. Donations are tax deductible.

For more information visit https://www.seedlingmentors.org/.

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Change Course is a tuition-free career and community development program designed to educate and empower those living in poverty

DES MOINES, Iowa -- The objective of Change Course is to provide program participants (referred to as "leaders") with stronger life and career skills. Through personal development courses and career-focused training, this six-month program aims to provide "leaders" connections to a network of business partners and higher-paying job opportunities.

Joseph Johnson, a recently retired business leader in the Des Moines community for over 25 years, along with his wife Karin, have opened the doors to Change Course. Joseph was incarcerated at a younger age, but was able to rebuild his life and establish a meaningful career, which he attributes to his faith, family and support from a community of caring people. This experience is what fuels Joe's passion to help people achieve personal and economic success in the face of adversity.

"Earlier in life, I was incarcerated for poor choices I made and while incarcerated, I got to know many men who struggled to enter the workforce-not from lack of desire, but the lack of opportunity, quality education, and support from healthy community," Joseph said. "I feel compelled by my relationship with Christ to step up and pay forward what was done for me to help develop a loving community around the people we plan to serve."

A video of Joe talking about his vision can be found at https://change-course.org.

ABOUT CHANGE COURSE:

Change Course is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit formed in 2022 to assist families living in poverty to remove the barriers such as inadequate education, poor support network, inability to navigate existing programs, etc. that are keeping them from emerging out of poverty and becoming self-sufficient. Change Course provides training, support, and connections to a network of other partners (such as educational and employment opportunities) to support program participants in their journey out of poverty.

Change Course has established relationships to facilitate career focused training with Iowa Works, the Evelyn K. Davis Center, Des Moines Area Community College, as well as other like-minded non-profit organizations. More information and opportunities to donate can be found at the website: https://change-course.org.

Change Course is part of the Cross Purpose Network, along with three similar non-profit organizations across the country serving a similar mission:

* Cross Purpose* - Denver, CO

* UpRise - Nashville, TN

* Summit Career Center - Stevensville, MT

* Neighborhood - Chesapeake, VA

*Cross Purpose has been successfully serving their community and building successful leaders for 10 years, and is the primary model for Change Course and all the organizations in the Cross Purpose Network.

2500 University Ave, Ste 311, Des Moines, IA 50311

https://change-course.org/

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Petco Love Invests $12,500 in the Sacramento SPCA to Expand Lifesaving Support for Pets Affected by Disaster

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Sacramento SPCA announced today that they received a $12,500 grant investment from national nonprofit Petco Love, to expand their lifesaving support for animals affected by disaster in Northern California. A special check celebration was held at the Petco retail store located at 855 E. Bidwell Street in Folsom, Calif., on Thursday, June 23, 2022, at 2 p.m.

The Sacramento SPCA has positioned itself as a lifesaving resource for animals in need as devastating wildfires have continued to affect regions all over Northern California.

"We realized several fire seasons ago that one of the best services we can provide here in Sacramento is to help clear out the available animals in shelters closest to impacted regions," said Kenn Altine, Sacramento SPCA CEO. In 2021, more than 460 animals were transferred from other shelters to the Sacramento SPCA, including areas affected by the Dixie, Caldor, and Monument Fires.

"We are incredibly grateful for our partnership with the Petco Folsom store and Petco Love to support our lifesaving work," said Altine. "With this $12,500 grant investment, we can provide crates and other emergency supplies to shelters housing displaced animals while people try to put their worlds back together."

Petco Love is a national nonprofit leading change for pets by harnessing the power of love to make communities and pet families closer, stronger, and healthier. Since its founding in 1999, Petco Love has invested $330 million in adoption and other lifesaving efforts. And Petco Love helps find loving homes for pets in partnership with Petco and more than 4,000 organizations - like ours - across North America, with 6.5 million pets adopted and counting.

"Our investment in the Sacramento SPCA is part of more than $15M in investments recently announced by Petco Love to power local organizations across the country as part of our commitment to create a future in which no pet is unnecessarily euthanized," said Susanne Kogut, president of Petco Love. "Our local investments are only part of our strategy to empower animal lovers to drive lifesaving change right alongside us. We recently celebrated the one-year launch anniversary of Petco Love Lost, a national lost and found database that uses pet facial recognition technology to simplify the search for lost pets."

As the only full-service 100% non-profit animal shelter in the Sacramento region, the Sacramento SPCA relies on donations from individuals, businesses, and foundations to support their lifesaving work. They are local, independent, and do not receive funding from state or local government agencies.

For more information about the Sacramento SPCA visit https://www.sspca.org Learn more about Petco Love here: https://petcolove.org.

About the Sacramento SPCA:

Founded in 1892, the Sacramento SPCA has been providing homeless animals with individual comfort, shelter, and love for more than 130 years. They provide compassionate medical care to tens of thousands of animals annually and offer a variety of programs and services designed to keep people and pets together for life.

Visit https://www.sspca.org/ or follow on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

About Petco Love:

Petco Love is a life-changing nonprofit organization that makes communities and pet families closer, stronger, and healthier. Since our founding in 1999 as the Petco Foundation, we've empowered animal welfare organizations by investing $330 million in adoption and other lifesaving efforts. We've helped find loving homes for more than 6.5 million pets in partnership with Petco and organizations nationwide.

Our love for pets drives us to lead with innovation, creating tools animal lovers need to reunite lost pets, and lead with passion, inspiring and mobilizing communities and our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners to drive lifesaving change alongside us. Join us. Visit https://petcolove.org or follow on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn to be part of the lifesaving work we lead every day.

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https://petcolove.org

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After providing 43,000+ meals to food insecure communities, IOR Global and Move For Hunger renew their partnership for a third year

NEPTUNE CITY, N.J. -- IOR Global Services, a leading provider of global mobility and talent management solutions designed to advance employee effectiveness across cultures, and Move For Hunger, a national hunger relief non-profit organization, have renewed their partnership for the third year to fight food insecurity and food waste nationwide.

IOR Global Services joined Move For Hunger in 2020 and has currently helped to provide 43,630 meals to those in need through their partnership with Move For Hunger.

"People have always been our priority at IOR Global Services, both in our network of employees, consultants, clients, and within our community," said Rob Burns, CEO of IOR Global Services. "We pride ourselves on our team's efforts to give back and support those in need, a key component of IOR's culture, and we are very excited to partner once again with Move For Hunger to aid in their ongoing relief efforts and make a significant impact on peoples' lives."

Move For Hunger was founded in 2009 and has provided over 27 million pounds of food, equaling more than 23 million meals, to food pantries across the United States and Canada. Move For Hunger now has a network of over 1,100 moving companies, including many of the worlds leading relocation management companies, and more than 2,700 multi-family apartment communities, all helping to fight to end hunger by collecting food items and delivering them to local food banks in the United States and Canada.

"Approximately 42 million Americans face hunger every day, yet 35% of food in America is wasted," said Adam Lowy, Executive Director and Founder of Move For Hunger. "Through our partnership with IOR, we're able to recover more food and put it food on the tables of those who are desperately in need."

About Move For Hunger:

Move For Hunger, a 501(c)(3), is working to end hunger and food waste in America. 42 million Americans struggle with hunger while 35% of the food produced in this country goes to waste. By mobilizing moving companies, multifamily apartment communities, corporations, and volunteers, Move For Hunger has delivered more than 27 million pounds of food to food banks - providing 23 million meals for those in need.

Get your company involved by registering to hold a food drive, fundraiser, or team building opportunity. Visit Move For Hunger to learn more about their work at https://www.moveforhunger.org/

About IOR Global Services, Inc.:

IOR Global Services, Inc. ("IOR") is a leading provider of Global Mobility solutions including Destination Services, Language Training, and Intercultural Solutions designed to advance employee effectiveness across cultures. IOR strives to ease the relocation transition by enabling employees and their families to settle in, adapt, and thrive in their new communities and roles.

Related link: https://moveforhunger.org/

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‘ALICE’ Families Focus of New Docudrama by Education Based Housing, Premieres July 21

HOUSTON, Texas -- A $500 or $1,000 unplanned expense is enough to send an ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) family spiraling according to a report by Bankrate. Education Based Housing, a Houston nonprofit that serves ALICE families and communities knows this to be true. The organization partnered with Cypress creative agency, PrettyWork Creative to produce a docudrama to show situations real families face and expand the national conversation on ALICE families.

"The Spiral" will premiere Thursday, July 21, 2022 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the India House, 8888 West Bellfort St., Houston, TX 77031.

Education Based Housing Chief Executive Officer, Jarvis Taylor, believes the short film will help "unpack how stereotypes affect a communities' ability to access resources and services." According to Taylor, individualist pursuits and chasing the American dream has led to deeper levels of poverty for many thus continuing the cycle of generational poverty. The solution, according to Taylor, is building successful, thriving communities. "It's going to take all of us to overcome systemic poverty," said Taylor.

The docudrama is based on a combination of news headlines and personal stories and leaves viewers asking, "what would you do?" Premiere attendees will have the opportunity to share their thoughts and ask questions of Taylor and other guest panelists.

Click here to watch the film's trailer and go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/masquerade-a-short-film-premiere-tickets-342443597017 to register for the free premiere.

About Education Based Housing:

Education Based Housing's (EBH) mission is to work with ALICE households to provide access to quality housing and tools to help them sustainably thrive. By expanding the knowledge and comfort level that individuals and families have with a variety of work-related skills, EBH helps broaden a family's opportunities and empower each member with practical skills to help them achieve their goals.

With a variety of training programs including medical assistant and accounting specialist training, class attendees are better prepared to seek better jobs and continue their education, so that they will be role models for their families and communities.

Learn more: https://educationbasedhousing.org/

VIDEO (Vimeo): https://vimeo.com/725407883/ecfb18b9ee

RELATED LINKS:

https://educationbasedhousing.org/who-we-are/mission.html

https://prettyworkcreative.com/

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Move For Hunger and Graebel Companies Renew their Partnership to Aid Food Insecure Communities

NEPTUNE CITY, N.J. -- Move For Hunger, a national hunger relief non-profit organization, and Graebel Companies, Inc. a leading provider of global talent and workplace mobility solutions, have renewed their partnership to continue the fight against hunger in the United States.

Graebel joined Move For Hunger as a partner in 2016 and continues to be an active partner through events like the Move 2 Fight Hunger Challenge. Last fall this virtual activity challenge had more than 350 Graebel employees across 11 countries move a total of 11,000 miles through exercise which assisted in providing 47,000 meals to food banks and those facing hunger. Since this partnership began, Graebel has helped provide more than 100,000 meals to those in need. They also continue to be active in the Move For Hunger race team, turning their miles into meals to fight food insecurity.

"We are very pleased to continue our relationship with Move For Hunger," said Ben Ivory, senior vice president of Sustainability at Graebel, "We understand the urgent need to address food insecurity in many communities and thank Move for Hunger for their leadership in creating a meaningful difference for so many individuals in need."

Move For Hunger was founded in 2009 by Adam Lowy and now has a network of over 1,100 moving companies, many of the world's leading relocation management companies, and more than 3,000 multi-family apartment communities. All of these organizations help in the fight to end hunger by collecting food items and delivering them to local food banks in the United States and Canada.

"Graebel Companies proves time and time again their dedication to fighting hunger," said Adam Lowy, Executive Director and Founder of Move For Hunger. "They continuously encourage their employees to get active in Move For Hunger initiatives, as well as sponsor those initiatives. Their support is so appreciated."

About Move For Hunger:

Move For Hunger, a 501(c)(3), is working to end hunger and food waste in America. 42 million Americans struggle with hunger while 35% of the food produced in this country goes to waste. By mobilizing moving companies, multifamily apartment communities, corporations, and volunteers, Move For Hunger has delivered more than 27 million pounds of food to food banks - providing 23 million meals for those in need.

Get your company involved by registering to hold a food drive, fundraiser, or team building opportunity. Visit Move For Hunger to learn more about their work at https://www.moveforhunger.org/

About Graebel Companies, Inc.:

Graebel Companies, Inc. is a leading provider of global talent and workplace mobility solutions for some of the world's largest and most recognized brands and their employees in 165 countries. Since its founding in 1950, Graebel has innovated and grown to deliver excellent relocation service and results for clients, all while remaining family-owned and focused on people-first mobility. With custom technology solutions, Graebel develops and implements mobility strategies that help companies attract and retain talent; respond faster to global market trends; maximize return on mobility programs; and create exceptional experiences that make global talent mobility more humane and as seamless as possible. As a full-service relocation management company (RMC), Graebel addresses every part of the mobility lifecycle for employers and employees, including services for departure and move management, destination, settling-in, and ongoing assignments. For more information, visit www.Graebel.com. Here's to the world ahead®️.

Related link: https://moveforhunger.org/

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Move For Hunger and SML Relocation Renew Partnership to Fight Food Waste and Hunger Across the United States

NEPTUNE, N.J. -- Simple Moving Labor Relocation (SML), a nationwide moving service company, and Move For Hunger, a national hunger relief non-profit organization, have renewed their partnership for the 5th time to continue their fight against hunger and food waste throughout the United States.

Move For Hunger was founded in 2009 by Adam Lowy, and has provided more than 27 million pounds of food, equaling over 23 million meals, to food pantries and banks across the United States. Since the pandemic started, Move For Hunger has had to meet the growing need of food insecurity in the United States and Canada, where 42 million Americans and 1 in 8 Canadians struggle with hunger.

SML Relocation's partnership with Move for Hunger is unique in that they contribute quarterly based on the direct consumer fundraising they do each quarter. With their fundraising campaign, they invite customers to donate at the time of booking, and then, as a company, match the customer donations. SML Relocation become a partner with Move For Hunger in 2018 and has since provided more than 78,700 meals through monetary contributions to food insecure communities across the nation.

"SML is proud to support this organization in its mission to fight hunger and reduce food waste," says Josh Barnes, vice president of SML Relocation. "Every day across the country millions of individuals are food insecure; our partnership with Move For Hunger provides the most logical way for SML to positively affect real and meaningful change in people's lives."

Move For Hunger has a network of more than 1,100 moving companies, 3,000 multifamily apartment communities, and many of the world's leading relocation management companies, that collect unopened, non-perishable food and deliver it to local food banks.

"We are beyond thankful for 5 years of partnership with SML and the ability to work with each partner in a way that makes the biggest impact on food insecure communities," said Adam Lowy, Executive Director and Founder of Move For Hunger.

About Move For Hunger:

Move For Hunger, a 501(c)(3), is working to end hunger and food waste in America. 42 million Americans struggle with hunger while 35% of the food produced in this country goes to waste. By mobilizing moving companies, multifamily apartment communities, corporations, and volunteers, Move For Hunger has delivered more than 27 million pounds of food to food banks - providing 23 million meals for those in need.

Get your company involved by registering to hold a food drive, fundraiser, or team building opportunity. Visit Move For Hunger to learn more about their work at www.moveforhunger.org

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Mazza Recycling Hosts First Annual Truck Pull with Move For Hunger, Providing 50,000 Meals to Those in Need

NEPTUNE CITY, N.J. -- Mazza Recycling, an award-winning, family-owned and operated company specializing in waste & recycling services, and Move For Hunger, a national hunger relief non-profit organization, teamed up to host their first annual truck pull on June 4, 2022 to raise awareness of hunger and how it impacts New Jersey's communities.

The family-friendly event was held at the Mazza Recycling Center in Tinton Falls where the public could partake in a day full of food, rides, vendors, and the opportunity to pull a moving truck in the fastest time at Mazza's facility. The event helped raise over $20,000 to fight hunger in New Jersey and nationwide which will provide more than 50,000 meals to those in need.

"All of our lines of business, and everything that we do at Mazza Recycling is based on cultivating a sustainable future for the next generation," said Jimmy Mazza, President & CEO, Mazza Recycling. "We are proud to partner with Move for Hunger and raise money for the cause of keeping unused food out of the landfill."

When participating in the signature event, the Truck Pull, teams of about 10 people pull a rope attached to a moving truck 100 feet across the finish line. First place was awarded to Mazza Muscle with a time of 18.36 seconds. Following in a close second was Party Perfect at 18.60 seconds and third place went to El Jefe Team (Mazza) at 18.70 seconds.

"This was one of the tightest Truck Pull competitions we have ever hosted," said Adam Lowy, Executive Director and Founder of Move For Hunger. "Congrats to our winners from Mazza, but more importantly a thank you to Mazza for being our hosts as well. It was such a great day filled with rides, laughter, and fun."

Lowy continued, "In New Jersey, over 700,000 people and 1 in 10 children don't know where their next meal is coming from. We are very appreciative of the support from an amazing partner in our local community. We had such an amazing time helping host the event and raising awareness."

Sponsors of the event included: Global Komatsu as the Glove Sponsor, Waste Management for sponsoring the games, Connor, Strong, & Buckelew for sponsoring the Ice Cream Truck, and Big G Movers who provided the truck to pull, Van Dyk, Withum, Campbell Petrie, Littler, Comerica Bank, and Norris McLaughlin.

About Move For Hunger:

Move For Hunger, a 501(c)(3), is working to end hunger and food waste in America. 42 million Americans struggle with hunger while 35% of the food produced in this country goes to waste. By mobilizing moving companies, multifamily apartment communities, corporations, and volunteers, Move For Hunger has delivered nearly 28 million pounds of food to food banks - providing 23 million meals for those in need.

Get your company involved by registering to hold a food drive, fundraiser, or team building opportunity. Visit Move For Hunger to learn more about their work at www.moveforhunger.org

About Mazza Recycling Center:

Mazza Recycling is a family-owned and operated company specializing in waste & recycling services in New Jersey. Mazza brings over 200 years of combined managerial experience in the waste management industry, and constantly strives to maintain the highest quality services, keep up with the latest industry trends and regulations, and improve the environment in the community. Mazza assures its customers cost-effective solutions that are environmentally friendly, safe, and hassle-free. Our client-centric mentality has helped establish Mazza Recycling as one of top waste and recycling company in New Jersey.

Mazza Recycling Services has several related entities, which include Mazza Scrap Recycling (MSR) and Mazza Mulch. MSR operates a scrap metal recycling yard in Neptune, New Jersey. Mazza Mulch, Inc. operates a NJDEP permitted Class B facility which manufactures high quality landscape products which include mulch, compost and topsoil through the recycling of natural and organic products, such as tree parts and brush.

Related link: https://moveforhunger.org/

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Taking it Down to Earth: Debunking Myths about Lightning Protection

CUMBERLAND, Maine -- Old and new myths about lightning protection continue to circulate through the internet and unsafe lightning protection products still manage to find their way into construction job specifications in many parts of the U.S. To help safeguard properties from a leading weather threat, the National Lightning Safety Council (NLSC) is stressing the importance of separating fact from fallacy about lightning protection systems (LPS).

"Despite the wealth of accurate information on lightning, lightning safety and lightning protection, there are still many myths and misunderstandings that persist," said John Jensenius, a lightning safety specialist with the NLSC.

Just in time for Lightning Safety Awareness Week, the NLSC debunks five common myths about lightning protection:

1 - Lightning rods attract lightning

Unfortunately, this is a common misconception about lightning protection. Lightning protection systems and strike termination devices (industry name for lightning rods which are part of the system) work in conjunction with a grounding network to intercept a lightning strike and provide a safe and effective path that dissipates lightning's harmful electricity into the earth.

2 - Tall trees protect a structure against lightning

False. Lightning can side-flash from a tree and hit a nearby structure. Additionally, when lightning strikes and travels underground along tree roots, it can enter a structure by jumping onto nearby telephone, cable and electrical lines, introducing harmful surges. Lightning can also injure a tree from a direct strike, causing limbs to split and fall onto a nearby structure.

3 - Homes and building are already grounded and don't need lightning protection

The electrical ground installed by an electrician is there to protect the internal workings of the electrical system in a building to accommodate everyday electricity usage-it's not designed to handle the mega electricity (100 million + volts of power or 200 kA of electrical energy!) that a lightning strike can pack.

4 - A lightning rod is easy to install

Lightning protection is a complex system (not just a "rod") of UL-listed materials and methods which comply with nationally-recognized safety standards of the Lightning Protection Institute (LPI), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL). LPS is not a do-it-yourself project. Only trained experts like LPI-certified lightning protection contractors should install lightning protection systems, since design and installation is rarely within the scope of expertise held by homeowners, general contractors or roofers.

5 - Surge protection and "whole house" arresters protect structures from lightning

False. Surge protection is only one element of a complete lightning protection system. A grounding network for lightning (lightning protection system) must be implemented to provide structural protection. A LPS that meets national safety standards includes strike termination devices, down conductors, bonding, grounding and UL-rated surge protection devices.

"Lightning just wants to get to ground and a safety standard compliant lightning protection system helps it get there without harmful impact to the structure, contents or building systems," said Kimberly Loehr, a lightning protection specialist and member of the NLSC. "The concept is simple, but the safety standards are complex and detail principles including zone of protection, common bonding of grounded systems, potential equalization of ground impedance, lightning risk assessment and much more," explained Loehr.

People looking to learn more about lightning safety, risk reduction and the annual Lightning Safety Awareness Week campaign, June 19-25, 2022, can visit http://www.lightningsafetycouncil.org/.

MULTIMEDIA:

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Photo Caption: A safety standard compliant lightning protection system (LPS) functions as a grounding network to intercept a lightning strike and provide an effective path for dissipating lightning's destructive electricity into the earth without harmful impact to a structure, its contents or building systems.

RELATED LINKS:

http://www.lightningsafetycouncil.org/LSC-LSAW.html

https://lightning.org/about/find-a-contractor/

Related link: http://lightningsafetycouncil.org/

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Taking it Down to Earth: Debunking Myths about Lightning Protection

CUMBERLAND, Maine -- Old and new myths about lightning protection continue to circulate through the internet and unsafe lightning protection products still manage to find their way into construction job specifications in many parts of the U.S. To help safeguard properties from a leading weather threat, the National Lightning Safety Council (NLSC) is stressing the importance of separating fact from fallacy about lightning protection systems (LPS).

"Despite the wealth of accurate information on lightning, lightning safety and lightning protection, there are still many myths and misunderstandings that persist," said John Jensenius, a lightning safety specialist with the NLSC.

Just in time for Lightning Safety Awareness Week, the NLSC debunks five common myths about lightning protection:

1 - Lightning rods attract lightning

Unfortunately, this is a common misconception about lightning protection. Lightning protection systems and strike termination devices (industry name for lightning rods which are part of the system) work in conjunction with a grounding network to intercept a lightning strike and provide a safe and effective path that dissipates lightning's harmful electricity into the earth.

2 - Tall trees protect a structure against lightning

False. Lightning can side-flash from a tree and hit a nearby structure. Additionally, when lightning strikes and travels underground along tree roots, it can enter a structure by jumping onto nearby telephone, cable and electrical lines, introducing harmful surges. Lightning can also injure a tree from a direct strike, causing limbs to split and fall onto a nearby structure.

3 - Homes and building are already grounded and don't need lightning protection

The electrical ground installed by an electrician is there to protect the internal workings of the electrical system in a building to accommodate everyday electricity usage-it's not designed to handle the mega electricity (100 million + volts of power or 200 kA of electrical energy!) that a lightning strike can pack.

4 - A lightning rod is easy to install

Lightning protection is a complex system (not just a "rod") of UL-listed materials and methods which comply with nationally-recognized safety standards of the Lightning Protection Institute (LPI), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL). LPS is not a do-it-yourself project. Only trained experts like LPI-certified lightning protection contractors should install lightning protection systems, since design and installation is rarely within the scope of expertise held by homeowners, general contractors or roofers.

5 - Surge protection and "whole house" arresters protect structures from lightning

False. Surge protection is only one element of a complete lightning protection system. A grounding network for lightning (lightning protection system) must be implemented to provide structural protection. A LPS that meets national safety standards includes strike termination devices, down conductors, bonding, grounding and UL-rated surge protection devices.

"Lightning just wants to get to ground and a safety standard compliant lightning protection system helps it get there without harmful impact to the structure, contents or building systems," said Kimberly Loehr, a lightning protection specialist and member of the NLSC. "The concept is simple, but the safety standards are complex and detail principles including zone of protection, common bonding of grounded systems, potential equalization of ground impedance, lightning risk assessment and much more," explained Loehr.

People looking to learn more about lightning safety, risk reduction and the annual Lightning Safety Awareness Week campaign, June 19-25, 2022, can visit http://www.lightningsafetycouncil.org/.

MULTIMEDIA:

PHOTO link for media: https://www.Send2Press.com/300dpi/22-0617-s2p-lps-grounding-300dpi.jpg

Photo Caption: A safety standard compliant lightning protection system (LPS) functions as a grounding network to intercept a lightning strike and provide an effective path for dissipating lightning's destructive electricity into the earth without harmful impact to a structure, its contents or building systems.

RELATED LINKS:

http://www.lightningsafetycouncil.org/LSC-LSAW.html

https://lightning.org/about/find-a-contractor/

Related link: http://lightningsafetycouncil.org/

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