Virginia Statewide Tornado Drill Will Be March 21, 2017

Virginia’s annual statewide tornado drill will be held Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at 9:45 a.m.  If widespread severe weather threatens the Commonwealth on that date, the drill will be on  Wednesday, March 22, at 9:45 a.m.

According to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management’s notice about the 2017 drill (online at http://www.vaemergency.gov/news-local/statewide-drills/), “the Statewide Tornado Drill is a yearly opportunity to prepare Virginians for tornado emergencies and to test public warning systems.  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, see “How to Conduct a Tornado Drill,” online at http://www.vaemergency.gov/emergency-management-community/emergency-management-resources/tornado-drill/.

More Information from the VDEM on tornado safety is available online at http://www.vaemergency.gov/prepare-recover/threat/tornadoes/.  Please see also the Water Central News Grouper Post, Tornado Preparedness in Virginia.

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