Governor's Proclamation - Tornado Preparedness Day

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


WHEREAS, a total of 67 tornadoes struck Virginia during the past three years, with the second highest number on record occurring in 2011, killing 10 people and injuring more than 100, and many communities continue to heal from the affects of recent tornadoes; and 

WHEREAS, tornadoes can affect every part of the Commonwealth, year-round, day or night; and

WHEREAS, planning and 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 Virginians’ 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, who urge schools, colleges and universities, businesses and organizations, families and individuals to participate in the drill set for March 11, 2014, at 9:45 a.m. when NOAA Weather Radio and Emergency Alert Systems will broadcast a test tornado warning message; 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize March 11, 2014, as TORNADO PREPAREDNESS DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.