Governor's Proclamation - Tornado Preparedness Day

By virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution of Virginia in the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, there is hereby officially recognized:


TORNADO PREPAREDNESS DAY 2016

WHEREAS, tornadoes often form unexpectedly and their destructive power can cause significant property damage, injuries, and loss of life; and

WHEREAS, Virginia experiences an average of 15 to 20 tornadoes annually; and

WHEREAS, a severe storm system on February 24,2016, spawned eight tornadoes, causing five deaths, at least 45 injuries, and damage to more than 400 structures across 12 localities in the Commonwealth; and

WHEREAS, preparing for tornadoes and severe storms reduces the impact of these disasters on our citizens, and all Virginians should know where to seek shelter during a tornado, whether at home, at work, at school, or elsewhere; and

WHEREAS, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the National Weather Service and local emergency management offices designate a day each year to focus our attention on tornado safety awareness and important life-saving procedures to be used in the event of a tornado warning; and

WHEREAS, a Statewide Tornado Drill is sponsored annually by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and the National Weather Service, which urge schools, colleges, universities, businesses, organizations, families and individuals to participate in the drill set for March 22, 2016, at 9:45 a.m. when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Weather Radio and Emergency Alert Systems will broadcast a test tornado warning message;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize March 22, 2016, as TORNADO PREPAREDNESS DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.