900,000 Virginians to Participate in the Statewide Tornado Drill Tomorrow

March 16, 2015  //  

VDEM Press Release 

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Richmond, Virginia 23226


Mar. 16, 2015

CONTACT: Dawn Eischen, VDEM
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900,000 Virginians to Participate in the Statewide Tornado Drill Tomorrow

RICHMOND, Va. – Approximately 900,000 Virginians are expected to practice their tornado safety procedures as part of the annual Statewide Tornado Drill tomorrow. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management and the National Weather Service (NWS) sponsor the drill to encourage businesses, organizations, schools, colleges, families and individuals to focus on tornado safety and learn where to seek shelter during a tornado warning.

To start the drill, at 9:45 a.m. the NWS will send a test tornado warning that will trigger a tone alert and broadcast message on NOAA Weather Radio. The message will be picked up by TV and radio broadcasts via the Emergency Alert System, simulating what listeners would hear during an actual tornado warning.

When the test tornado warning is sounded, people should move as quickly as possible to a safe area in a sturdy building. Safe areas are basements and interior rooms on the lowest level of a building such as bathrooms, closets or hallways. In choosing a safe area, stay away from windows. Once in the safe area, people should crouch down or sit on the floor facing down and cover their heads with their hands.

In case of widespread inclement weather tomorrow, the Statewide Tornado Drill will be held March 18.

Twelve tornadoes impacted Virginia in 2014, causing numerous injuries and more than $700,000 in property damage.

For more information about tornado safety and to register for the Statewide Tornado Drill, go to www.ReadyVirginia.gov.


Be ready. Be willing to help.

Virginia Disaster Relief Fund