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Virginia Statewide Tornado Drill Slated for March 19

Thursday, March 14, 2019

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (March 14, 2019) — The City of Virginia Beach and the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) encourage citizens of Virginia Beach to take precautions to protect their health and safety by participating in local, regional and nation-wide preparedness drills and exercises.

The Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) is facilitating a Tornado Drill next Tuesday, March 19, at 9:45 a.m. The Drill is an opportunity to prepare Virginians for tornado threats and to test public warning systems.  At approximately 9:45 a.m., the National Weather Service will send a test tornado warning over NOAA weather radios. This test signal will sound a tone alert, show a test message or flash to indicate a message, simulating what people would hear or see during an actual tornado warning. Local radio/TV stations and cable outlets will also broadcast the test message via the Emergency Alert System. 

Tornadoes can happen at any time and without warning. It’s important to know the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning. A Tornado Watch means that tornadoes are possible. Move close to a shelter or sturdy building in case there is a warning. A Tornado Warning means to take action immediately. A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. It’s also important to know what to do, and where to shelter, whether you are at home, school, work or outdoors. Take time learn what you need to do to better prepare for, survive and recover from any type of storm or disaster.

For more information about Tornadoes and Tornado Safety visit:

VDEM Tornado Safety Tips

Virginia Tornado History

Ready.Gov Tornado Safety Tips

National Weather Service Tornado Safety Tips​