Get ready for tornado drill

21 March, 2017, 10:35 | Author: Oscar Goodwin
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As a part of Severe Weather Preparedness Week, The IMPD Homeland Security Bureau Emergency Management Agency will coordinate with the National Weather Service and other organizations to conduct two Statewide Tornado Drills.

At the same time the outdoor sirens are being activated, indoor warning systems in schools and some public facilities will also be tested.

Emergency officials will send a test alert and the National Weather Service will send a test warning.

A tornado hit Appomattox County and other parts of Virginia in a deadly storm on February 24, 2016.

Beginning on April 1, the Storm Lake Tornado Siren System will be tested weekly throughout the summer and fall.

The NOAA weather radios will then send a tone alert that shows a text message or a flash to say there is a message. "Local radio stations, TV stations and cable outlets will broadcast the test message via the Emergency Alert System".

"Tornadoes can occur any month of the year and Virginia averages 16 tornadoes each year", said Bill Sammler of the NWS in Wakefield. IU's tornado warning alert system is meant to automatically activate when the National Weather Service issues a warning.

If widespread severe weather threatens the Commonwealth on that date, the drill will be rescheduled for 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, March 22.

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