March 11, 2014
People across the Commonwealth are better prepared in the event of a tornado after a statewide drill this morning.
More than one-million Virginians participated in a drill that took place at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday.
The tornado drill was a joint effort between the State Department of Emergency Management and the National Weather Service (NWS).
A test warning from the NWS went out over television and radio airwaves during the drill. Alerts were also sent to cell phones to those who had signed up to receive them.
The NWS and the ECC want Virginians to know what to do when a tornado strikes wherever they are.
"For a tornado drill the important thing you need to know is to find a safe shelter, so if you are at work or at home understanding what is the safest place. It tends to be the lowest part of the building away from windows so you are safe from any debris that may be flying around," said Emergency Management Coordinator Kirby Felts.
During the drill and during a tornado you should go immediately to a safe place like a windowless interior room such as a closet, or bathroom. Then crouch as low as possible to the floor, facing down and covering your head with your hands.
Emergency officials say tornado season is approaching. Sixty-seven tornadoes have struck Virginia in the last three years, killing 10 people and injuring more than 100.
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