Public Information Statement
Statement as of 8:02 am EDT on March 11, 2014
... Virginia tornado preparedness day is today...
... Virginia tornado drill at 945 am today...
Governor Terry mcauliffe has proclaimed Tuesday March 11, 2014 as
tornado preparedness day in Virginia. At 945 am today, the
National Weather Service will conduct a statewide tornado drill. All
NWS offices serving Virginia will issue drill tornado messages at
that time. The purpose of this drill is to provide schools...
businesses and residents of the commonwealth with the opportunity
to activate and test their emergency plans for tornadoes.
Virginia tornado drill...
The Virginia tornado drill will utilize a test Tornado Warning...
just as in 2013. All National Weather Service offices will issue
this test Tornado Warning under the Standard Tornado Warning product
identifier (torxxx... where xxx denotes the 3 letter ID of the office).
NOAA Weather Radio will transmit the test warning as it normally would
for a real tornado event. And the emergency alert system (eas) will
also be activated as if the drill were an actual Tornado Warning.
However... the product text will clearly indicate that it is a
test... and not an actual Tornado Warning. Therefore... anyone
receiving the tornado drill via NOAA Weather Radio... or commercial
radio and television... will be able to know that the activation is
for tornado drill purposes.
Questions about the Virginia tornado drill can be directed to:
Bill sammler or Laura Southard
NWS Wakefield VA dept. Of emergency mgmt.
10009 general Mahone Hwy. 10501 trade court
Wakefield VA 23888-2742 Richmond VA 23236-3713
(757) 899-5732 (804) 897-6500 x6519