Virginia to Test Warning Systems During Statewide Tornado Drill on Tuesday, March 22

VBAlert Weather Subscribers Will Be Sent Test Text and Email Message

Monday, March 21, 2016

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — March 21, 2016 — Virginia is no stranger to severe thunder storms and tornadoes. Already this year, there’ve been five deaths and hundreds of homes destroyed by tornadoes across the Commonwealth. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management and the National Weather Service (NWS) will hold the annual Statewide Tornado Drill, Tuesday, March 22 at 9:45 a.m. This annual drill is held to educate citizens about tornado emergencies and test public warning systems.

The drill will start at approximately 9:45 a.m. with a test tornado warning sent by the NWS to National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radios. NOAA Weather Radios will sound a tone alert and show a test message (or flash to indicate a message) to simulate what people would hear or see during an actual tornado warning. Local radio stations, TV stations and cable outlets will broadcast the test message via the Emergency Alert System. In addition, VBAlert, Virginia Beach’s emergency notification system will send weather subscribers a test text message on their phones and to subscriber’s email account.

Take the time to educate yourself and your family on what steps you need to take to prepare for tornadoes, and what to do when a Tornado Watch or Tornado Warning is issued in your area. To learn more visit


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