2020 Virginia Statewide Tornado Drill postponed

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The National Weather Service and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management have decided to postpone the 2020 Virginia Statewide Tornado Drill due to the State of Emergency declared for the coronavirus response.

The statewide tornado drill was set to take place on Tuesday, March 17 at 9:45 a.m.

The drill gives families and businesses the opportunity to test their tornado emergency plans and discuss preparedness efforts in the event severe weather comes their way.

Tornadoes can occur during any time of the year, but are mostly likely April through September.

Even though the March 17 drill has been postponed, you can still prepare yourself for severe weather season.

  • Always make sure you have at least two different ways to receive weather alerts. This could be a NOAA Weather Radio, alerts from your smartphone (you can download the WFXR News App to receive up-to-date weather alerts), or your local television or radio station.
  • Have a plan in place. Do you know where you would go in your house or place of work in the event of a tornado? Basements are usually one of the safest places to shelter during a tornado. If you don’t have a basement or storm shelter, the center-most room on the ground floor would be the best place during a tornado. Stay away from windows.
  • Have safety and emergency kits ready. Safety kits should include first-aid items and prescription medications. If you prepare an emergency kit, make sure it has everything you would need to survive 72 hours disconnected from the world. Have things like water and non-perishable foods.

The National Weather Service and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management will work to re-schedule the tornado drill for a later time this year.

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