INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - An Indianapolis Zoo security guard is out of the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery after he was indirectly hit by lightning Sunday afternoon.
The incident got us wondering, what options you have for staying safe during summer activities. It's currently Lightning Awareness Week in Indianapolis.
At the zoo, there are 18 buildings that serve as storm shelters – and they all have signs saying "Safe Zone."
Jon Glesing, the Director of Public Relations for the Indianapolis Zoo, says they also have planned routes and protocols in case of any storm.
Glesing says they had received a severe thunderstorm warning at 3:41 p.m., and the zoo employees put their severe weather plan into place.
Glesing says two minutes later, as a security guard was getting off a bicycle to go into a safe building after doing patrols, he was indirectly hit by lightning.
"It all happened within two minutes of us being notified something was coming," explained Glesing. "It just goes to show, how important those warnings are; When you guys or anybody issues a warning like this, the public needs to take it seriously."
Glesing says their scripted policy for weather includes first, letting all staff know. Their security guards also work as storm spotters, to watch for weather. He says they listen to IMPD's radio traffic and then make a decision about where people need to go.
"Then ultimately, if we have to do evacuations or get people into a shelter, we have systems to do that in place," he added.
There are signs at the zoo marking "safe zones," which is most enclosed buildings on the zoo grounds.
He says the dolphin area is also underground.
There's also a weather plan down the street at Victory Field.
"In the event we have to do a full evacuation, that involves both full time and part time personnel," explained Cal Burleson, Indians General Manager and Vice President.
At Victory Field, the plan is practiced every spring. In the case of very severe weather, people on the second level would be brought to the main concourse and would go into the bathrooms. Those on the main level, would go onto the field, then underneath the stands underground.
"The instructions for that will come via public address system and also be duplicated on the video board," said Burleson.
Burleson says they had to put their full plan into effect about 12 years ago on fourth of July when they had some severe weather in the area. He says it worked well.
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