Virginia statewide tornado drill set for March 21

Angie Massey
March 20, 2017

The exercise is created to prepare Virginians for tornado emergencies and to test public warning systems.

Virginia's yearly tornado drill is slated for Tuesday at 9:45 a.m.

That storm is a stark reminder of the need to prepare for the possibility of tornadoes and other natural disasters.

The NOAA weather radios will then send a tone alert that shows a text message or a flash to say there is a message.

In addition to the internal and external weather warning systems, the Storm Lake Fire and Police Departments will be working together when severe weather is threatening.

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During stormy weather, residents are urged to remain alert and stay tune to their local television, radio stations and weather radios for the most up to date weather information and be prepared to move quickly to a designated "safe area", should conditions develop and the emergency siren is activated.

In the past, 1 million Virginia residents have signed up for tornado drills, officials said. "In an average year, Virginia receives about 16 tornadoes each year, and actually a year ago in February, on February 24th of 2016, Virginia was hit by the deadliest tornado event ever since 1959".

"When a tornado watch is issued for your area", he said, residents should "know where to seek shelter".

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) works with local government, state and federal agencies and voluntary organizations to provide resources and expertise through the five mission areas of emergency management; prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery.

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