Church video wins national award


The Church took first place for its in-house produced safety video “Lightning Safety: Interview with a Cloud” during an awards ceremony Oct. 8 sponsored by Training magazine. The production was named the best training video during Training Television Awards’ second annual event.

Training magazine received nearly 140 video submissions and gave awards for the top three submissions in two categories. Training magazine reported the judges’ comments about the Church-produced video: “Great concept and content. Nice use of video, graphics, sound effects and music. And the actor playing the cloud is very good.”

When the “Interview with a Cloud” video was shown at the award event, the crowd became quite animated, clapping and laughing, said Quinn Orr, director/producer in LDS Publishing Services. “The final vote showed it was in the number one spot. After the awards were handed out, the master of ceremonies announced that they had requests from the group to see the film again, and it was shown one more time. It was the only video with such a request.”

Steve Hoskins, a member of the Church safety team who helped with the video, said, “I am impressed that since most of our actors and supporting crew are Church members they all recognize that what they are doing is special. The results of these videos may keep someone from injury or death. They are delighted to be part of such a worthwhile endeavor rather than just entertaining — although that is fun too. I was impressed with how the Sam Cloud video came together.”

Using a series of animations, character acting by a live actor and witty dialogue, the Church’s team presented information that can help people stay safe with lightning while they are enjoying the outdoors. “Our overall goal was to present what can be a difficult topic, because many individuals are seriously injured from lightning, in a light-hearted and informative way,” said Brother Alan Rogers, safety manager for the Church.

“It is a great honor to receive this award, especially since the final evaluation was from a large group of judges whose primary interest is that training be effective,” said Brother Orr.

The video can be viewed at

Lightning: What You Need to Know

  • NO PLACE outside is safe when thunderstorms are in the area.
  • If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you.
  • When you hear thunder, immediately move to safe shelter: a substantial building with electricity or plumbing or an enclosed, metal-topped vehicle with windows up.
  • Stay in safe shelter at least 30 minutes after you hear the last sound of thunder.
Indoor Lightning Safety
  • Stay off corded phones, computers and other electrical equipment that put you in direct contact with electricity.
  • Avoid plumbing, including sinks, baths and faucets.
  • Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches.
  • Do not lie on concrete floors, and do not lean against concrete walls.
Last Resort Outdoor Risk Reduction Tips

If you are caught outside with no safe shelter anywhere nearby the following actions may reduce your risk:

  • Immediately get off elevated areas such as hills, mountain ridges or peaks
  • Never lie flat on the ground
  • Never shelter under an isolated tree
  • Never use a cliff or rocky overhang for shelter
  • Immediately get out and away from ponds, lakes and other bodies of water
  • Stay away from objects that conduct electricity (barbed wire fences, power lines, windmills, etc.)

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