Mark You Calendar: March 20 is Statewide Tornado Drill

Tornado

Registration is now open for the March 20th Statewide Tornado Drill.  Businesses and organizations, schools and colleges, and families and individuals can practice taking cover from tornadoes by participating in this annual safety exercise, set for 9:45 a.m.

The annual drill is a joint effort of the National Weather Service (NWS) and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management.  To start the drill, at approximately 9:45 a.m., the NWS will send a test tornado warning that will trigger a tone alert and broadcast message on NOAA Weather Radio, simulating what listeners will hear during an actual tornado warning.

Although registration is not required, people participating in the Statewide Tornado Drill are encouraged to sign up to show their support.  Click here to learn more about tornado safety, how to hold a drill, and how to register for the drill.