Statewide Drills

The Great SouthEast ShakeOut

The Louisa earthquake in 2011 showed that seismic activity can and does happen in Virginia. Do you know what to do during an earthquake? Be a part of the largest earthquake drill ever.

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The Great Southeast ShakeOut is a multi-state simultaneous earthquake drill set for Oct. 20, 2016, at 10:20 a.m.

There are many ways for individuals, businesses, schools, faith-based organizations, community groups and others to participate in the SouthEast ShakeOut and to get prepared for earthquakes. Lots of educational materials and more information including how to register for the Oct. 20 ShakeOut can be found on this website: Please take a look, and sign up to participate!

Statewide Tornado Drill

The Statewide Tornado Drill is a yearly opportunity to prepare Virginians for tornado emergencies and to test public warning systems.
Save the date! The 2017 Statewide Tornado Drill will take place on Tornado Preparedness Day, Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at 9:45 a.m. (If widespread severe weather threatens the Commonwealth on that date, then the drill will be on  Wednesday, March 22, at 9:45 a.m.)

At approximately 9:45 a.m., the National Weather Service will send a test tornado warning over NOAA Weather Radios. This test signal will sound a tone alert, show a test message or flash to indicate a message, simulating what people would hear or see during an actual tornado warning. Local radio stations, TV stations and cable outlets will also broadcast the test message via the Emergency Alert System.

To participate, start your own tornado drill when you hear the test signal over NOAA Weather Radio or broadcast media.

Show your support by registering for the tornado drill. In recent years, 1 million Virginians have signed up for the drill.

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VDEM Ready Virginia Mobile App

Prepare for any type of emergency situation. Find out about disasters in advance with local weather and public health alerts. Locate hurricane evacuation routes and nearby open shelters. Preparing for disasters is one of the most important things you can do for the safety of you and your family. The Ready Virginia app provides you with up-to-the-minute information that affects every Virginian.

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