RICHMOND—It was a drill, and this is why we practice.
This morning, the National Weather Service and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) teamed up to sponsor the annual Virginia statewide tornado drill. Due to technical issues at the National Weather Service, the notifications to National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) radios and the Emergency Alert System that notifies citizens through television and radio stations failed to properly function. The National Weather Service is working to address the issue and ensure that appropriate system improvements are made to prevent future issues.
We appreciate those citizens and businesses who participated in the drill. Our social media feeds are full of pictures and videos of tornado drills in action. Those who volunteered and registered to participate in today’s drill, despite the technical issues regarding the notifications, will hopefully have successfully practiced what to do in the case of a tornado in their area.
We hope that this drill gives you the opportunity to fix any challenges or issues you may have found in your own tornado response plans. The National Weather Service and VDEM certainly will be working to solve the challenges we found.
For more information about how to keep your loved ones and property safe during tornadoes, visit http://www.vaemergency.gov/prepare-recover/threat/tornadoes/
Virginia Department of Emergency Management
National Weather Service
Be ready. Be willing to help.
Virginia Disaster Relief Fund
How is the money distributed?
Fund proceeds will be distributed to local long-term recovery groups, members of the Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and other non-profit and faith-based organizations as a grant.
Many of these groups work directly with individuals and families following a disaster.
How else can I donate?
The Virginia Disaster Relief Fund benefits projects that include: repair or rebuilding of underinsured dwellings, transportation assistance, replacing essential household items, helping renters establish new rental residence, temporary living expenses while recovering from loss, and more.
How can I donate?
If you want to help, send checks made payable to the Treasurer of Virginia with “Virginia Disaster Relief Fund” noted in the memo line to:
P.O. Box 1971
Richmond, VA 23218-1971